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Title: Good end-of-life care: Perspectives of middle-aged and older Singaporeans
Authors: Malhotra, C. 
Chan, A.
Do, Y.K.
Malhotra, R. 
Goh, C. 
Keywords: advance care planning
end of life
Older adults
palliative care
place of death
Issue Date: Aug-2012
Citation: Malhotra, C., Chan, A., Do, Y.K., Malhotra, R., Goh, C. (2012-08). Good end-of-life care: Perspectives of middle-aged and older Singaporeans. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 44 (2) : 252-263. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Context: Understanding preferences for end-of-life care is important for planning and improving services that provide such care. However, little is known about the perspective of Singaporeans regarding good end-of-life care. Objectives: To identify the key components of good end-of-life care as perceived by middle-aged and older Singaporeans (≥50 years). Methods: Nine focus groups were conducted with a total of 63 participants. Preferences regarding end-of-life care were discussed. Thematic analysis was conducted on the transcribed results of the focus groups. Results: Eight components of good end-of-life care were identified: 1) have physical comfort at the end of life, 2) avoid inappropriate prolongation of the dying process, 3) maintain sensitivity toward religious and spiritual beliefs, 4) avoid burden on the family, 5) avoid expensive care, 6) be cared for by a trustworthy doctor, 7) maintain control over care decisions, and 8) achieve a sense of completion. Conclusion: Eight components of good end-of-life care involving the person, family, and health services were identified among middle-aged and older Singaporeans. A focus on better management of pain, training of caregivers and doctors, shared decision making, and availability of affordable care may improve care at the end of life. © 2012 U.S. Cancer Pain Relief Committee. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
ISSN: 08853924
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2011.09.007
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