Factors Affecting Life-Sustaining Treatment Decisions by Health Care Surrogates and Proxies: Assessing Benefits and Barriers
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Soc. Work Health Care
health care surrogate; health care proxy; life-sustaining treatment; decisions; health care decision-making; HBM (Health Belief Model); SOCIAL-WORK-PRACTICE; FAMILY-MEMBERS; SUBSTITUTED JUDGMENT; SUPPORT; END; WITHDRAWAL; ILL; Social Work
Terri Schiavo's life and death placed international focus on social workers' need to better understand and serve health care surrogates and proxies making life-sustaining treatment decisions on behalf of medical patients. This study (N = 132) reports initial validation of a new measure, the Acceptance of Treatment Choice Inventory (ATCI), designed to evaluate benefits and barriers considered by health care surrogates and proxies prior to making a life-sustaining treatment decision about CPR, tube-feedings, dialysis, and ventilation. Affirming a two-factor model with acceptable reliability and preliminary construct validity, surrogates sought decision support and desired to represent patients' wishes adequately.
Social Work in Health Care
"Factors Affecting Life-Sustaining Treatment Decisions by Health Care Surrogates and Proxies: Assessing Benefits and Barriers" (2009). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 7059.