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Mizobuchi, Satoshi
Toda, Yuichiro
Abstract
The main purpose of this study was to determine the relationships between Japanese individualsʼ interest in living wills and their preferred end-of-life care and death locations. Questionnaires were mailed to 1,000 individuals aged ァ50 to measure these 2 factors. We examined the associations between the respondentsʼ characteristics and their preferred care and death locations by using multinomial logistic regression models. The response rate was 74%. Home was the most frequently preferred place for end-of-life care (64%), and a palliative care unit (PCU) was the most commonly preferred place to die (51%). Living will interest was associated with a preference for care (odds ratio [OR] 4.74, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.95-12.1) and death (OR 2.75, 95% CI 1.70-4.47) in a PCU rather than a hospital, but it was not associated with the choice between receiving care or dying at home instead of a hospital. We must consider why Japanese people think home death is impracticable. The Japanese palliative care system should be expanded to meet patientsʼ end-of-life needs, and this includes not only facilitating home care but also increasing access to PCU care.
Keywords
advance healthcare directive
living will
end-of-life care
palliative care unit
place of death
Amo Type
Original Article
Published Date
2014-12
Publication Title
Acta Medica Okayama
Volume
volume68
Issue
issue6
Publisher
Okayama University Medical School
Start Page
339
End Page
348
ISSN
0386-300X
NCID
AA00508441
Content Type
Journal Article
language
英語
Copyright Holders
CopyrightⒸ 2014 by Okayama University Medical School
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Refereed
True
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Web of Sience KeyUT
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http://ousar.lib.okayama-u.ac.jp/metadata/53134