Trailblazing Topic in Gerontology: Controlling Uncertainty: Decision Making among Older Adults Near the End of Life (4/9/15)

SON Room N-631K

Rafael Romo, PhD, RN, PHN, VA Quality Scholars Nurse Fellow, San Francisco VA Medical Center

Description: Older adults face many different healthcare choices when near the end of life and often appear to make decisions inconsistent with previously stated preferences. This presentation reports on a qualitative study that explored the processes underlying the decision making among a group of frail, community-based older adults with a limited prognosis.

Objectives: At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

1) identify the different approaches older adults use to articulate end-of-life goals and priorities;

2) understand how these are approaches help older adults achieve a sense of control; and

3) explain the ways in which prospect theory can account for differences in decision making.

Email to RSVP:  hartford.cgne@nursing.ucsf.edu