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Advance directives among Korean American older adults: knowledge, attitudes, and behavior

TitleAdvance directives among Korean American older adults: knowledge, attitudes, and behavior
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsKo, E, Berkman, CS
JournalJ Gerontol Soc WorkJ Gerontol Soc Work
Volume55
Pagination484-502
ISBN Number1540-4048 (Electronic)<br/>0163-4372 (Linking)
Accession Number22852992
KeywordsAdult, Advance Care Planning/ organization & administration, Advance Directives/ethnology/legislation & jurisprudence/psychology, Aged, Asian Americans/ psychology, Cultural Characteristics, Culture, Decision Making, Family/ethnology/psychology, Female, Focus Groups, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice/ ethnology, Humans, Interview, Psychological, Male, Patient Preference/ethnology/psychology, Physician's Role, Terminal Care/ psychology, United States/ethnology
AbstractThe study objective was to explore knowledge, attitudes, and behavior about advance directives and how cultural values influence these beliefs. Three focus groups with 23 Korean American older adults were conducted. Advance directives were seen as helpful for ensuring that preferences for unwanted end-of-life treatment are honored and for relieving the decision-making burden on family members. However, some viewed completing advance directives as contrary to focusing on living. Culturally competent education about advance directives for Korean American older adults is necessary to help them make informed decisions about end-of-life care and informing family and health care providers of these preferences.
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