Irish views on death and dying: a national survey

Show simple item record McCarthy, Joan Weafer, John A. Loughrey, Mark 2011-12-14T14:11:36Z 2011-12-14T14:11:36Z 2010
dc.identifier.citation McCarthy J, Weafer J and Loughrey M; (2010) 'Irish views on death and dying: a national survey'. Journal of Medical Ethics, 36 :454-458. doi: 10.1136/jme.2009.032615 en
dc.identifier.volume 36 en
dc.identifier.startpage 454 en
dc.identifier.endpage 458 en
dc.identifier.issn 1473-4257
dc.identifier.issn 0306-6800
dc.identifier.doi 10.1136/jme.2009.032615
dc.description.abstract Objective: To determine the public's understanding of and views about a range of ethical issues in relation to death and dying. Design: Random, digit-dialling, telephone interview. Setting: Ireland. Participants: 667 adult individuals. Results: The general public are unfamiliar with terms associated with end-of-life care. Although most want to be informed if they have a terminal illness, they also value family support in this regard. Most of the respondents believe that competent patients have the right to refuse life-saving treatment. Most also (mistakenly) believe that families, either alone or with physicians, have the authority to make decisions about starting or stopping treatment for incompetent patients. Most Irish people are more concerned about the quality of their dying than death itself. Religious commitment is important to most Irish people, and this impacts on their views about medical treatment and care at the end of life. Conclusions: The study paints a picture of a general public that is not very comfortable with or informed about the processes of dying and death. Great sensitivity is required of health professionals who must negotiate the timing and the context of breaking of bad news with patients and families. Educational interventions, public and organisational policies and legislation need to address the uncertainty that surrounds the role of professionals and families in making decisions for dying patients. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher BMJ Publishing Group en
dc.rights Copyright © 2010, British Medical Journal Publishing Group en
dc.subject Clinical ethics en
dc.subject End of life decisions en
dc.subject.lcsh Medical ethics--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Terminally ill en
dc.subject.lcsh Death en
dc.title Irish views on death and dying: a national survey en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
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dc.internal.authorcontactother Joan Mccarthy, Nursing & Midwifery, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Mark Loughrey, Epidemiology & Public Health, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: en
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dc.contributor.funder Irish Hospice Foundation en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of Medical Ethics en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
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