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J Am Geriatr Soc. 2010 Jun;58(6):1109-16. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.02853.x. Epub 2010 May 7.

Opiniones: end-of-life care preferences and planning of older Latinos.

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Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York, USA. amy.kelley@mssm.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To measure end-of-life (EOL) care preferences and advance care planning (ACP) in older Latinos and to examine the relationship between culture-based attitudes and extent of ACP.

DESIGN:

Cross-sectional interview.

SETTING:

Twenty-two senior centers in greater Los Angeles.

PARTICIPANTS:

One hundred forty-seven Latinos aged 60 and older.

MEASUREMENTS:

EOL care preferences, extent of ACP, attitudes regarding patient autonomy, family-centered decision-making, trust in healthcare providers, and health and sociodemographic characteristics.

RESULTS:

If seriously ill, 84% of participants would prefer medical care focused on comfort rather than care focused on extending life, yet 47% had never discussed such preferences with their family or doctor, and 77% had no advance directive. Most participants favored family-centered decision making (64%) and limited patient autonomy (63%). Greater acculturation, education, and desire for autonomy were associated with having an advance directive (P-values <.03). Controlling for sociodemographic characteristics, greater acculturation (adjusted odds ratio (AOR)=1.6, 95% confidence interval (CI)=1.1-2.4) and preferring greater autonomy (AOR=1.6, 95% CI=1.1-2.3) were independently associated with having an advance directive.

CONCLUSIONS:

The majority of older Latinos studied preferred less-aggressive, comfort-focused EOL care, yet few had documented or communicated this preference. This discrepancy places older Latinos at risk of receiving high-intensity care inconsistent with their preferences.

PMID:
20487080
PMCID:
PMC2924957
DOI:
10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.02853.x
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