(Mehmet Akif Ersoy Üniversitesi, İktisadi ve İdari Bilimler Fakültesi, Sosyal Hizmet, Burdur, Türkiye)
(Hacettepe Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi, Tıp Tarihi ve Tıp Etiği, Ankara, Türkiye)
Yıl: 2020Cilt: 23Sayı: 1ISSN: 1304-2947 / 1307-9948Sayfa Aralığı: 90 - 99İngilizce

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Introduction: Elderly individuals frequently face end-of-life decisions. Thesedecisions create moral burden for the family and health personnel. Aim of this studyis determine the opinions of elderly about end-of-life decisions, which will act as aguide for physicians and families in clinical decision-making processes.Materials and Method: Standardized Mini Mental Test was applied to 650elderlies, and 448 participants with a test score 27 or more were interviewed between1 May 2017 and 1 January 2019 using questionnaires including sociodemographicdata form and scenarios that would determine their end-of-life decisions. Onlystatistically significant (P ≤ 0.05) results were presented in the results section.Results: 72.5% (n=325) of the participants stated that they should be informedabout medical diagnosis, 70.1% (n=314) stated that decision of informing thefamily should be left to patient and physician should inform the patient in any case.It was found that being familiar with the physician for a long time was importantin fulfilling patient requests, and 79% (n=354) of the participants could considerleaving a living will and appointing a medical guardian.Conclusion: Not talking to elderly patients with the judgment that they willnot understand the concepts of elderly care, not seeing them as a decision-makerin treatment and care decisions, letting relatives make the decisions and applyingthese decisions are unacceptable attitudes for elderly individuals who have goodmental health."
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