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We Want More Than Life-Sustaining Treatment during End-of-Life Care: Focus-Group Interviews

College of Nursing, Dong-A University, Busan 49201, Korea
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(9), 4415; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18094415
Received: 18 March 2021 / Revised: 15 April 2021 / Accepted: 19 April 2021 / Published: 21 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nursing and Palliative Care)
We qualitatively investigated end-of-life care needs. Data were collected via focus-group interviews with three groups: young adults, middle-aged adults, and older adults. The key question was, “What kind of care would you like to receive at the end of life?” Interview data were transcribed and analyzed using content analysis. End-of-life care needs were classified into six categories: life-sustaining treatment needs, physical care needs, emotional care needs, environmental needs, needs for respect, and needs for preparation for death. Because the Korean culture is family-oriented and talking about death is taboo, Korean patients at the end of their life do not make decisions about life-sustaining treatment or actively prepare for death. Therefore, to provide proper end-of-life care, conversations and shared decision-making among patients and their families are crucial. Further, we must respect patients’ dignity and help them achieve a good death by understanding patients’ basic care preferences. Future research should continue examining end-of-life care needs that reflect the social and cultural context of Korea to inform instrument development. View Full-Text
Keywords: focus groups; end-of-life; life support; decision making; advance care planning focus groups; end-of-life; life support; decision making; advance care planning
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Kim, M.; Kim, M. We Want More Than Life-Sustaining Treatment during End-of-Life Care: Focus-Group Interviews. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 4415. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18094415

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Kim M, Kim M. We Want More Than Life-Sustaining Treatment during End-of-Life Care: Focus-Group Interviews. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(9):4415. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18094415

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Kim, Mirinae, and Minju Kim. 2021. "We Want More Than Life-Sustaining Treatment during End-of-Life Care: Focus-Group Interviews" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 9: 4415. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18094415

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