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Role of children in end-of-life treatment planning among Korean American older adults

TitleRole of children in end-of-life treatment planning among Korean American older adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsKo, E, Berkman, CS
JournalJ Soc Work End Life Palliat CareJ Soc Work End Life Palliat Care
Volume6
Pagination164-84
ISBN Number1552-4264 (Electronic)<br/>1552-4264 (Linking)
Accession Number21132598
KeywordsAdult Children/ ethnology, Advance Care Planning, Aged, Asian Americans/ psychology, Confucianism, Culture, Decision Making, Female, Focus Groups, Health Status, Humans, Male, Republic of Korea/ethnology, Socioeconomic Factors, Terminal Care/ psychology
AbstractThree focus groups (n = 23) with Korean American older adults explored the role of culture in end-of-life decision making. No participants had completed an advance directive and few had discussed end-of-life treatment preferences. Focus group themes addressed: (a) whether children are resistant or receptive to discussing their parents' end-of-life treatment preferences; (b) whether the older adults or their children should make decisions about end-of-life treatment; (c) whether decision making should be the responsibility of the eldest son or of all the children; and (d) whether children would implement the parent's preferences for end-of-life treatment. Understanding the role of children in end-of-life decision making among Korean American older adults is important for culturally competent care.
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