Majority of Older Adults Want Active Role in Decision Making

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Majority of Older Adults Want Active Role in Decision Making
Majority of Older Adults Want Active Role in Decision Making

MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A large majority of older adults prefer to participate actively in health care decisions, according to a study published in the October issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Jennifer L. Wolff, Ph.D., and Cynthia M. Boyd, M.D., M.P.H., both from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, analyzed data from a nationally representative survey of adults aged 65 years and older, conducted in concert with the 2012 National Health and Aging Trends Study (n = 2,040), to understand the social context in which older adults manage their health.

The researchers found that approximately two-thirds of older adults (69.4 percent) self-manage and that one-third co-manage (19.6 percent) or delegate (11 percent) health care activities. The majority of respondents prefer an independent or shared role when making health decisions with doctors (84.7 percent) and family/close friends (95.9 percent). More than one-third (37.9 percent) find that managing health care activities is sometimes or often hard for either them or their family/close friends, that health care activities get delayed or don't get done, or that they are cumulatively too much to do (treatment burden).

"Attaining person-centered and family-centered care will require strategies that respect diverse decision-making preferences, minimize treatment burden, and support the broader social context in which older adults manage their health," conclude the authors.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease



Sign up for myCME e-newsletters




More in Home

Some California Mosquitoes Can Carry Zika Virus

Some California Mosquitoes Can Carry Zika Virus

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes found to transmit Zika virus

Periodontal Inflammation a Risk With Tongue Piercing

Periodontal Inflammation a Risk With Tongue Piercing

And, two young females with tongue piercings have deep lingual infrabony lesions, periodontitis

Risk of OD Highest for First Days of Opioid  Benzodiazepine Use

Risk of OD Highest for First Days of ...

Five-fold increased risk of opioid-related overdose during first 90 days of concurrent use

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »