Elders' preferences for life-prolonging treatment and their proxies' substituted judgment: influence of the elders' current health.

@article{Winter2012EldersPF,
  title={Elders' preferences for life-prolonging treatment and their proxies' substituted judgment: influence of the elders' current health.},
  author={Laraine Winter and S. Parks},
  journal={Journal of aging and health},
  year={2012},
  volume={24 7},
  pages={1157-78}
}
OBJECTIVE People in poor health tend to view life-prolonging treatments (e.g., tube feeding) as more acceptable than do healthier people. Do proxies' substituted judgments reveal a similar tendency, showing greater acceptance when the elder is in worse health? METHOD In a cross-sectional telephone-based survey of 202 elderly individuals and their proxies, preferences for 4 life-prolonging treatments in 7 health prospects were examined in relation to the elder's current health status… CONTINUE READING