ERIC Number: EJ946324
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Advance Directives for End-of-Life Care and the Role of Health Education Specialists: Applying the Theory of Reasoned Action
Tremethick, Mary Jane; Johnson, Maureen K.; Carter, Mary R.
International Electronic Journal of Health Education, v14 p68-76 2011
Quality end-of-life care is subjective and based on individual values and beliefs. An advance directive provides a legal means of communicating these values and beliefs, as well as preferences in regards to end-of-life care when an individual is no longer able to make his or her desires known. In many nations, advance directives are underused leaving many vulnerable to end-of-life care that may be incompatible with their personal preferences. Health education specialists can have a positive impact on this issue. Through programs provided in the community, individuals and particularly older adults, can be educated about advance directives and the role they play in ensuring personal wishes are carried out relative to end-of-life care. Application of the Theory of Reasoned Action provides a means of meeting the educational needs of older adults in regards to advance directives.
Descriptors: Terminal Illness, Health Services, Death, Values, Beliefs, Context Effect, Preferences, Health Education, Educational Needs, Older Adults, Specialists, Role
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