Background: Most patients do not participate in advance care planning with physicians. Objective: To examine patients' preferences for involving their physicians and families in advance care planning. Design: Face-to-face interviews with randomly selected patients. Setting: Community-based dialysis units in one rural and one urban region. Participants: 400 hemodialysis patients. Measurements: 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. Results: 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). Conclusion: Most patients want to include their families more than their physicians in advance care planning.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Annals of internal medicine|
|State||Published - May 18 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Internal Medicine