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Decision-making on behalf of people living with dementia: how do surrogate decision-makers decide?

Background For people living with dementia, the capacity to make important decisions about themselves diminishes as their condition advances. As a result, important decisions (affecting lifestyle, medical treatment and end of life) become the responsibility of someone else, as the surrogate decision-maker. This study investigated how surrogate decision-makers make important decisions on behalf of a person living with dementia.

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 12:28

End-of-life care considerations for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals

Negative social attitudes, discrimination, and homophobia affect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) individuals during their lifetimes. These experiences can affect how these individuals access health services and interact with health professionals, resulting in adverse outcomes compared with their heterosexual counterparts. End-of-life experiences can also be shaped by these factors.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:19

'At the foot of a very long ladder': discussing the end of life with older people and informal caregivers

Context: International policy advocates the development of approaches to raise public awareness about end-of-life-care issues, so that when people face a final illness, they may better articulate their needs for care. This article reports findings from one approach of engaging older members of the general public and informal caregivers in discussions about end-of-life care.

Objectives: To increase understanding of the concerns many older people have around end-of-life issues and provide advice and information to address these.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13