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04.09.2015 | Original Paper | Ausgabe 3/2016

Journal of Religion and Health 3/2016

Religion and Spirituality in Surrogate Decision Making for Hospitalized Older Adults

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Journal of Religion and Health > Ausgabe 3/2016
Autoren:
Kristin N. Geros-Willfond, Steven S. Ivy, Kianna Montz, Sara E. Bohan, Alexia M. Torke
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The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute on Aging or the National Institutes of Health.
This work was presented in part at the 3rd Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion, Chicago Illinois, March 7–9, 2014, and at the annual meeting of the American Geriatrics Society, Orlando, Florida, May 15, 2014.

Abstract

We conducted semi-structured interviews with 46 surrogate decision makers for hospitalized older adults to characterize the role of spirituality and religion in decision making. Three themes emerged: (1) religion as a guide to decision making, (2) control, and (3) faith, death and dying. For religious surrogates, religion played a central role in end of life decisions. There was variability regarding whether God or humans were perceived to be in control; however, beliefs about control led to varying perspectives on acceptance of comfort-focused treatment. We conclude that clinicians should attend to religious considerations due to their impact on decision making.

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