Clients' death anxiety and associated factors affecting end-of-life clinical decision making for persons age 65 and older
AuthorPetri, Lane Louise, 1950-
AdvisorVerran, Joyce A.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis descriptive study explored possible relationships between death anxiety; perceived distance to death; health; importance of spirituality; advance directive importance, discussion, and completion; and associated sociodemographics for clients age 65 years and older. Also explored were the differences for these variables between the young-old and the old-old. The purpose was to determine if the measured items showed relationships that could be hypothesized as deterrents to completion of timely prehospital advance directives. A convenience sample of 105 clients comprised the sample population. Quantitative and qualitative research techniques were utilized in data collection and analysis. Significant positive correlations were found between: (a) discussion and completion of advance directives, (b) importance of spirituality and health, (c) health and projected finitude. Significant inverse relationships were found between: (a) health and death anxiety; (b) health and discussion of advance directives; (c) health and completion of advance directives; (d) the young-old and old-old finitude projections.
Degree ProgramGraduate College