End-of-life decision making for older people

Fetherstonhaugh , Dierdre, Street, Annette, & Abbey, Jennifer A. (2009) End-of-life decision making for older people. In Nay, Rhonda & Garratt, Sally (Eds.) Older People : Issues and Innovations in Care (Third Edition). Elsevier/Churchill Livingstone, Sydney, Australia, pp. 322-336.

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This chapter deals with the increasing issues surrounding end-of-life decision making. As the life trajectory for older people changes, the need for open discussion about their health problems and treatment becomes more critical. Acceptance of the ageing process itself is often not easy so the matter of a good death is even more distressing for some people to consider. The vignette provides an excellent discussion on the need for open dialogue with the older person and their families, whether they are acutely ill or have chronic health problems. How a person wishes to be treated when quality of life is not going to improve, no matter what interventions are put in place, seems essential for person-centred care. The issue of competency is one that must be determined before any decision is made by any person involved in care.

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ID Code: 27975
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: End of Life, Decision Making, Older People, Advance Care Planning
ISBN: 9780729538985
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Elsevier/Churchill Livingstone
Deposited On: 20 Oct 2009 00:01
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 17:39

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