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Making Critical Health Care Decisions for Older Adults: Consensus among Family Members
Karen A. Roberto
Vol. 48, No. 2 (Apr., 1999), pp. 167-175
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/585080
Page Count: 9
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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.
Family Relations © 1999 National Council on Family Relations