End-of-life care - Perceptions of Public

Mrs. Vineetha Jacob, Dr.Vina Ravi Vaswani
2014 IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Science  
Medical technology has advanced to such an extent that it can keep people alive even if the last resort to make them well is not possible. Issues regarding these treatment measures will continue if patient autonomy is not respected. The objective of this study was to assess the preferences of the public regarding end-of-life care. Methods: A semi-structured questionnaire on end-of-life care preferences and decision-making was used to collect data from ten people who were recruited from the
more » ... al population using theoretical sampling. Informed consent was obtained prior to data collection. Results: All the informants expressed the wish to receive pain medication and antibiotic treatments. Except one, no one wanted to take the dosages in excess quantity if it would shorten the lifespan. Majority of them expressed that they did not want to be supported by artificial respiration, if breathing stops on its own. Provision for writing a living will regarding end-of-life care was also supported by majority of the participants. Conclusion: This study revealed that most of the people do not want to continue their life by means of supporting breathing machines if there is no hope of recovery. They would like to make their own decision for end-of-life care. Keywordsend of life care, advanced health care directives, living will, healthcare proxy, life-sustaining treatment.
doi:10.9790/0837-1944119122 fatcat:c4rcux44h5b5jhvdppfh75slsy