Patient attitudes to intensive care and life-sustaining technology

Tully, RP, Kitchen, G, Tufchi, A, Saha, B and Baker, RD ORCID: 2014, 'Patient attitudes to intensive care and life-sustaining technology' , Journal of the Intensive Care Society, 15 (4) , pp. 331-335.

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We used a validated questionnaire to explore the views of patients regarding receiving intensive care and life-sustaining technology. Data was obtained from 38 patients. A score was obtained for ‘general attitude towards use of lifesustaining/prolonging technology’ that varied from 18.9 to 48.5 out of 52, the higher score reflecting a more positive attitude. There was no significant difference between men and women or correlation with age or ASA score. A score for ‘personal desire for life support’ was also obtained, ranging from zero to a maximum possible score of eight, which reflected the most positive view. The median score was 0.5. Women had a significantly lower median score of zero vs 1.5 for men (p=0.022). There was no significant correlation with age or ASA score. There was considerable heterogeneity of views regarding the use of life-sustaining technology. In this study, women were less likely to want intensive medical treatment than men.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School > Salford Business School Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the Intensive Care Society
Publisher: The Intensive Care Society
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1751-1437
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Funders: Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Research and Development Department
Depositing User: Prof Rose Dawn Baker
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2015 11:33
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 16:51

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