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Correlates associated with the desire for PEG tube placement at the end of life among community-dwelling older Mexican Americans: a pilot study

TitleCorrelates associated with the desire for PEG tube placement at the end of life among community-dwelling older Mexican Americans: a pilot study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsFinley, MR, Macias, RL, Becho, J, Wood, RC, Hernandez, AE, Espino, DV
JournalAging Clin Exp ResAging Clin Exp Res
Volume25
Pagination69-74
Date PublishedApr
ISBN Number1720-8319 (Electronic)<br/>1594-0667 (Linking)
Accession Number23740635
KeywordsAged, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Gastrostomy/ psychology, Humans, Logistic Models, Male, Mexican Americans/psychology/statistics & numerical data, Pilot Projects, Terminal Care/ psychology
AbstractBACKGROUND AND AIMS: Use of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tubes in older adults remains controversial. This cross-sectional study examines community-dwelling Mexican American older adults' attitudes toward PEG tube placement in the hypothetical event of a terminal illness. METHODS: Interviews were conducted with 100 community-dwelling Mexican American (MA's) adults, age 60 and over, in San Antonio, Texas. Subjects were screened for cognitive competence using Folstein's mini-mental examination. This was followed by an evaluation of socioeconomic status, depressive symptoms, religiosity, health status and attitudes toward end-of-life care, including PEG tube feeding. RESULTS: Higher income MA's, professionals, those without a living will, those who saw religious belief as not important and those who attended church less than once a month were more likely to agree with PEG placement (all P