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End-of-life care strives to honor terminally ill patients' preferences regarding the way of dying. Scholars defined one domain of quality of dying and death as dying at the place of one's choice. Despite efforts over more than two decades and more than 40 studies to investigate the influencing factors associated with the place of death for terminally ill(More)
Ovarian cancer represents about 4% of all cancers in women and is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States each year. Ovarian cancer is associated with uncertainty, anxiety, and depression. Many women present with advanced disease at diagnosis and are faced with aggressive surgical and medical protocols to treat them. To meet the needs of women(More)
One of the main goals of end-of-life care is to achieve the best quality of life (QOL) for patients and their families. Quality of life, therefore, represents a significant outcome indicator to evaluate end-of-life care interventions. However, nonresponse bias and nonrandom missing data in QOL research at the end-of-life limits the generalizability and(More)
There is a dearth of information in the literature about the concordance of preferences for end-of-life care between terminally ill patients and their family surrogates outside the Western countries. The purpose of this study was to examine the extent of concordance in preferences for end-of-life care goals and life-sustaining treatments between Taiwanese(More)
PURPOSE To assess the association between aggressiveness of end-of-life (EOL) care and patient demographics, disease characteristics, primary physician's specialty, hospital characteristics, and availability of health care resources at the hospital and regional levels in Taiwan for a cohort of 210,976 cancer decedents in 2001 to 2006. METHODS This(More)
There is a worldwide common preference for dying at home. However, death at home does not come without significant challenges and potential consequences for families. Given the interactive nature of decisions regarding the place of death, the family's perspective is important and needs to be investigated. The purposes of this study were to compare (1)(More)
Most Taiwanese patients with cancer prefer to die at home, but this preference is often unexpressed due to concern about burdening family caregivers (FCs). However, few studies have compared the caregiving burden of FCs while providing end-of-life care to a relative who eventually dies at home or hospital. This prospective, longitudinal study investigated(More)
Physical or cognitive deterioration may hamper the ability or willingness of cancer patients to participate and remain in quality-of-life (QOL) research at the end of life. Use of family caregivers as proxy informants to report patients' QOL has been suggested as a way of resolving the problem of nonresponse bias and nonrandom missing data in end-of-life(More)
A growing and diverse aging population, recent advances in research on aging and cancer, and the fact that a disproportional burden of cancer still occurs in people aged 65 years and older have generated great interest in delivering better cancer care for older adults. This is particularly true as more survivors of cancer live to experience cancer as a(More)
Approximately two-third of cancer patients, when asked about the preferred place of death, wish to die in their own homes. However, the majority of deaths from cancers in most western countries occur in a hospital. When a person dies from other than sudden or traumatic causes, the death appears to be a function of a complex interplay of personal and(More)