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Title: Feasibility and acceptability of advance care planning in elderly Italian and Greek speaking patients as compared to English-speaking patients: an Australian cross-sectional study
Austin Authors: Detering, Karen M ;Sutton, Elizabeth;Fraser, Scott A;Wallis, Kasey;Silvester, William;Mawren, Daveena;Whiteside, Kathryn
Affiliation: Respecting Patient Choices Program, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 28-Aug-2015
Publication information: BMJ Open 2015; 5(8): e008800
Abstract: OBJECTIVES: To assess the feasibility and acceptability of facilitated advance care planning (ACP) discussions in elderly Italian and Greek-speaking inpatients compared to English-speaking inpatients. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: This cross-sectional study with convenience sampling was conducted in Melbourne, Australia, and recruited hospital inpatients with medical decision-making capacity, aged 65 years or above, who spoke Greek (25 patients), Italian (24 patients) or English (63 patients). INTERVENTION: Facilitated ACP was offered, aiming to assists patients to consider and discuss their goals, values, beliefs and future treatment wishes with their family and doctor; to help them consider how they would like healthcare decisions made in the future if they become unable to do this for themselves; and to complete advance care directives. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The completion of ACP discussions, their duration, advance care directive completion and utilisation of interpreters. RESULTS: Of 112 patients, 109 (97%) had at least one discussion, 63 (54%) completed advance care directives, either nominating a substitute decision-maker, documenting their wishes or both, and 76 (68%) included family in discussions. The median duration of discussions for all patients was slightly more than 1 h, over two visits. There were no differences between the Greek-speaking and the Italian-speaking patients, or between the Non-English speaking and the English-speaking patients in any of these measures. Only 14 non-English speaking patients, (30%) utilised interpreters, but when utilised, patients were much more likely (p<0.005) to complete advance care directives. CONCLUSIONS: Facilitated ACP in elderly Italian and Greek-speaking patients is feasible, acceptable and is similar to that for English-speaking patients.
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008800
Journal: BMJ Open
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Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Advance Care Planning
European Continental Ancestry Group
Feasibility Studies
Patient-Centered Care*/methods
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