Preferences for end-of-life care: A study protocol for a cross-sectional survey of Chinese frail elderly home residents in Hong Kong

Bo Yan, Xinyi Xu, Patsy P.H. Chau, Naomi Takemura, Derek Y.T. Cheung, Felix H.W. Chan, Chia Chin Lin

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Abstract

Introduction Existing literature on attitudes toward end-of-life care (EoLC) covers the general public but has little information on the frail elderly population. The aim of the current study is to investigate the preferences of Chinese frail elderly home residents with respect to EoLC by conducting cross-sectional surveys. Methods and analysis Surveys, including resident and family versions, were developed based on the existing literature and our pilot interviews. The targeted participants were 400 frail elderly home residents (aged ≥65 years old) and 200 family caregivers. Purposive sampling will be used as each elderly home will help to recruit five to 15 elderly participants for the study. Descriptive analysis and modelling will be used to examine preferences on EoLC and related factors, as well as to compare the responses of elderly home residents with those of their family caregivers. Ethics and dissemination The cross-sectional survey has obtained approval from the Institutional Review Board. Confidentiality and safety issues will be carefully observed. The results of the study will be disseminated through international conferences, peer-reviewed academic journal publications, and a report in plain language to be shared with elderly residential homes.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere033862
JournalBMJ Open
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 31 2020

Keywords

  • advance care planning
  • advance directive
  • Chinese
  • end-of-life care
  • frail
  • survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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