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Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2014 Mar;31(2):166-71. doi: 10.1177/1049909113480883. Epub 2013 Mar 15.

Feeding: what it means to patients and caregivers and how these views influence singaporean chinese caregivers' decisions to continue feeding at the end of life.

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  • 11Department of Internal Medicine, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The decision-making process underlying caregivers' choice to continue feeding at the end of life is not well understood.

OBJECTIVES:

To provide a better understanding of the complex interplay of factors that influence the decision by caregivers to continue feeding.

METHODS:

Palliative care patients and their main caregiver recruited at National Cancer Centre Singapore between May and July 2011 were included. Data were collected using an interviewer-administered questionnaire.

RESULTS:

One hundred respondents were included. Three major prevailing themes were identified: filial piety, source of hope, and expression of affection. Nonparametric statistical testing showed that patients and caregivers shared similar views about feeding at the end of life.

DISCUSSION:

The major themes identified above undergird the caregiver's decision to continue feeding at the end of life.

KEYWORDS:

confucianism; decision making; family; feeding; filial piety; hope; palliative care

PMID:
23503566
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