Californians’ Attitudes and Experiences with Death and Dying
Posted Feb 15 2012 12:00am
A recent survey findings of Californians shows that patients and physicians not discussing end-of-life care. Key findings include:
About 80% of Californians said they would want to discuss end-of-life care with their physician if they had a serious illness.
Only 7% said they have taken part in such a discussion, including only 13% of residents ages 65 and older.
82% of respondents said it is important to have their end-of-life wishes in writing, but only 23% have drafted such a plan.
70% of respondents said they would prefer to die at home, but only 32% have made such arrangements.
About 66% of respondents said they would prefer a natural death if severely ill, and only 7% would want health providers to take all necessary measures to prolong their lives.
44% of those who recently had experienced the death of a loved one said the person's end-of-life care preferences had been followed completely by health care providers.
Dr. Gawande stated it perfectly in his New Yorker Article , "modern medicine is good at staving off death with aggressive interventions - and bad at knowing when to focus, instead, on improving the days that terminal patients have left."