Stephen C. Hines, PhD; Jacqueline J. Glover, PhD; Jean L. Holley, MD; Austin S. Babrow, PhD; Laurie A. Badzek, RN, JD; Alvin H. Moss, MD
Most patients do not participate in advance care planning with physicians.
To examine patients' preferences for involving their physicians and families in advance care planning.
Face-to-face interviews with randomly selected patients.
Community-based dialysis units in one rural and one urban region.
400 hemodialysis patients.
Questions about whom patients involve in advance care planning, whom patients would like to include in this planning, and patients' reactions to state legislation on surrogate decision makers in end-of-life care.
Patients more frequently discussed preferences for end-of-life care with family members than with physicians (50% compared with 6%; P < 0.001). More patients wanted to include family members in future discussions of advance care planning than wanted to include physicians (91% compared with 36%; P < 0.001). Patients were most comfortable with legislation that granted their family end-of-life decision-making authority in the event of their own incapacity (P < 0.001).
Most patients want to include their families more than their physicians in advance care planning.
Hines SC, Glover JJ, Holley JL, Babrow AS, Badzek LA, Moss AH. Dialysis Patients' Preferences for Family-Based Advance Care Planning. Ann Intern Med. ;130:825–828. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-130-10-199905180-00016
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1999;130(10):825-828.
End-of-Life Care, Nephrology, Renal Replacement Therapy.
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