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Making Critical Health Care Decisions for Older Adults: Consensus among Family Members

Karen A. Roberto
Family Relations
Vol. 48, No. 2 (Apr., 1999), pp. 167-175
DOI: 10.2307/585080
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/585080
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Making Critical Health Care Decisions for Older Adults: Consensus among Family Members
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Abstract

Sixty-two older adults and their family members responded to 45 hypothetical health care scenarios. At least 70% of the dyads reached agreement for half of the scenarios. Health status and level of treatment influenced their responses. Family members used multiple approaches for resolving different views on a particular procedure or treatment for their older relatives. The results support the normative-affect model of decision making that postulates that people make decisions based on emotionally-laden values and commitments.

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