HONORING PATIENT CARE PREFERENCES: SURROGATES SPEAK
Abbreviated Journal Title
Omega-J. Death Dying
FAMILY DECISION-MAKING; LONG-TERM-CARE; LIFE-SUPPORT; CRITICALLY-ILL; SOCIAL-WORK; SUBSTITUTED JUDGMENT; MEDICAL-CARE; END; WITHDRAWAL; HEALTH; Psychology, Multidisciplinary; Social Sciences, Biomedical
A growing body of evidence has pointed to the stressful experience surrounding surrogate decision-making on behalf of incapacitated patients. This study (N = 59) asked surrogates to speak about their experiences immediately after having made a life-sustaining treatment decision. Grounded theory analysis revealed four themes: (1) the emotional impact of the decision-making process on the surrogate; (2) the difficulty of watching a loved one's health deteriorate; (3) the importance of having a Living Will (LW) or other written/verbal instructions; and (4) the reliance on spirituality as a means of coping with the surrogate experience. Findings of this study suggest that engaging surrogates at the time of patient admission may be essential in order to clarify patient preferences and strengthen communication between surrogates and the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
Omega-Journal of Death and Dying
"HONORING PATIENT CARE PREFERENCES: SURROGATES SPEAK" (2012). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 2340.