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A population-based study on advance directive completion and completion intention among citizens of the western Canadian province of Alberta Open Access
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Wilson, D. M.
Kunju, S. A.
Hewitt, J. A.
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Determining what proportion of the public has completed an advance directive and which population subgroups complete or do not complete such a directive is crucially important for planning purposes. Our research objective was to examine and compare advance directive completion, intention to complete, and noncompletion rates among citizens of one Canadian province. A telephone survey was conducted with 1,203 Albertans who met gender, age, and other requirements for a representative sample. When asked, \"Do you have a living will or personal directive?\" 43.6 percent reported having completed a directive and 42.1 percent indicated that they planned or intended to complete one. Completion rates increased with age. Widowed, self-employed, and retired people, and those who had lost a family member or friend and had other select end-of-life experiences and viewpoints were significantly more likely to have completed one. Although older people more often had an advance directive, personal life-and-death experiences should be recognized as major influences on directive completion.
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Wilson, D. M., Houttekier, D., Kunju, S. A., Birch, S., Cohen, J., MacLeod, R., & Hewitt, J. A. (2013). A population-based study on advance directive completion and completion intention among citizens of the western Canadian province of Alberta. Journal of Palliative Care, 29(1), 7-12.
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