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Figure 6. Percent of Sampled Adults Who Would Want Selected Treatments if in Hypothetical Health States

Advance Care Planning: Preferences for Care at the End of Life

 

Five bar graphs showing the percentage of adults who would want three different treatments for five hypothetical health states; go to [D] text description for details.

Five bar graphs showing the percentage of adults who would want three different treatments for five hypothetical health states; go to [D] text description for details.

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Percent of sampled adults who would want antibiotics if in current health: 95.
Percent of sampled adults who would want hemodialysis if in current health: 75.
Percent of sampled adults who would want artificial nutrition/hydration if in current health: 59.

Percent of sampled adults who would want antibiotics if in permanent coma: 38.
Percent of sampled adults who would want hemodialysis if in permanent coma: 14.
Percent of sampled adults who would want artificial nutrition/hydration if in permanent coma: 14.

Percent of sampled adults who would want antibiotics if in a state of dementia: 80.
Percent of sampled adults who would want hemodialysis if in a state of dementia: 44.
Percent of sampled adults who would want artificial nutrition/hydration if in a state of dementia: 36.

Percent of sampled adults who would want antibiotics if in a state of severe stroke: 72.
Percent of sampled adults who would want hemodialysis if in a state of severe stroke: 37.
Percent of sampled adults who would want artificial nutrition/hydration if in a state of severe stroke: 33.

Percent of sampled adults who would want antibiotics if in severe pain: 61.
Percent of sampled adults who would want hemodialysis if in severe pain: 42.
Percent of sampled adults who would want artificial nutrition/hydration if in severe pain: 33.

 

aSample included 50 well adults ages 21-65 years, 49 well adults older than 65, 49 older adults with chronic illness, 48 adults with terminal cancer, 50 adults with AIDS, 45 stroke survivors, and 50 nursing home residents.
Source: Patrick DL, Pearlman RA, Starks HE, et al. Validation of preferences for life-sustaining treatment: implications for advance care planning. Ann Intern Med 1997;127(7):509-17.

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Current as of March 2003
Internet Citation: Figure 6. Percent of Sampled Adults Who Would Want Selected Treatments if in Hypothetical Health States: Advance Care Planning: Preferences for Care at the End of Life. March 2003. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/factsheets/aging/endliferia/endfig6.html