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Family members' perspectives on potential discussions about life prolongation for their older relatives

Garnett, D, Vandrevala, T, Hampson, SE, Daly, T and Arber, S (2008) Family members' perspectives on potential discussions about life prolongation for their older relatives Mortality, 13 (1). pp. 65-81.

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Family members (or health-care confidants) of incapacitated patients are often consulted by doctors when making life-prolongation decisions. Little research has been conducted on confidants' views on life prolongation and advance care planning. This study investigated the health-care confidant's view on life prolongation and their involvement in being a potential decision-maker for their relatives in the event of incapacitation. Confidants (N = 12) were interviewed and interviews were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. The analysis revealed three themes relating to their perception of being a potential decision-maker for a relative's life prolonging measures: “good” and “bad” death based on past experience and perceptions of quality of life, a sense that discussions were inappropriate at present, and strategies which might be used to encourage discussion. The implications of these findings for family involvement in life-prolongation decisions and how to encourage family discussions about life prolongation are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Garnett, D
Vandrevala, T
Hampson, SE
Daly, T
Arber, S
Date : 2008
DOI : 10.1080/13576270701783124
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Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Mortality on 18/01/2008, available online:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 19 May 2015 15:57
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 16:28

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