Family Communication about End-of-Life Decisions and the Enactment of the Decision-Maker Role
AbstractEnd-of-life (EOL) decisions in families are complex and emotional sites of family interaction necessitating family members coordinate roles in the EOL decision-making process. How family members in the United States enact the decision-maker role in EOL decision situations was examined through in-depth interviews with 22 individuals who participated in EOL decision-making for a family member. A number of themes emerged from the data with regard to the enactment of the decision-maker role. Families varied in how decision makers enacted the role in relation to collective family input, with consulting, informing and collaborating as different patterns of behavior. Formal family roles along with gender- and age-based roles shaped who took on the decision-maker role. Additionally, both family members and medical professionals facilitated or undermined the decision-maker’s role enactment. Understanding the structure and enactment of the decision-maker role in family interaction provides insight into how individuals and/or family members perform the decision-making role within a cultural context that values autonomy and self-determination in combination with collective family action in EOL decision-making. View Full-Text
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Trees, A.R.; Ohs, J.E.; Murray, M.C. Family Communication about End-of-Life Decisions and the Enactment of the Decision-Maker Role. Behav. Sci. 2017, 7, 36.
Trees AR, Ohs JE, Murray MC. Family Communication about End-of-Life Decisions and the Enactment of the Decision-Maker Role. Behavioral Sciences. 2017; 7(2):36.Chicago/Turabian Style
Trees, April R.; Ohs, Jennifer E.; Murray, Meghan C. 2017. "Family Communication about End-of-Life Decisions and the Enactment of the Decision-Maker Role." Behav. Sci. 7, no. 2: 36.
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