|Title:||CONCORDANCE OF PREFERENCES FOR END- OF-LIFE CARE BETWEEN TERMINALLY ILL CANCER PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILY CAREGIVERS IN TAIWAN||Authors:||TANG, SIEW-TZUH
|Keywords:||preferences for life-sustaining treatments;concordance of preferences;end-of-life care||Issue Date:||2005||Journal Volume:||v.30||Journal Issue:||n.6||Start page/Pages:||510-518||Source:||JOURNAL OF PAIN AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT||Abstract:||
There is a dearth of information in the literature about the concordance of-life care between terminally ill patients and their family surrogates outside the Western countries. The purpose of this study was to examine the extent of concordance, in preferences for end-of-life care goals and life-sustaining treatments between 1 Taiwanese terminally ill cancer patients and their primary family caregivers. A total of 617 dyads of patients-family caregivers across 21 hospitals throughout Taiwan were surveyed. Overall agreements on the or end-of-life care and preferences for initiating life-sustaining treatment ranged front goals for end-of-life care and preferences for initiating life- sustaining treatments ranged from 62.4% to 96.9% (average: 71.0%). Kappa values for the extent of concordance ranged from 0.1.3 to 0.46 (average: 0.29), indicating poor to moderate consistency in personal preferences. Family caregivers had a significantly more aggressive attitude toward each examined life-sustaining treatment for their ill family members than the patients' own stated preferences. In societies, such as in Asian countries, where physicians' respect for patient autonomy is frequently subordinate to the power of family, disagreements between a patient and family about end-of-life care may result in the patients' preferences being overridden at the end-of-life care, an open dialogue between patients and their primary family caregivers should become standard.
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