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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 402--405

End-of-life care and social security issues among geriatric people attending a tertiary care hospital of Eastern India

Department of Community Medicine, IMS and SUM Hospital, Siksha 'O' Anusandhan Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

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Dr. Lipilekha Patnaik
Department of Community Medicine, Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital, Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar, Kalinga Nagar, Ghatikia, Bhubaneswar - 751 003, Odisha
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DOI: 10.4103/IJPC.IJPC_26_18

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Context: The care of sick members is the hallmark of a civilized society. End-of-life care and social security for elderly are emerging issues nowadays. Aims: The aim of this study is to explore the desires of the elderly regarding the end-of-life care decisions along with to find out social security measures among the study population. Settings and Design: The cross-sectional study conducted in the geriatric outpatient department of a tertiary care hospital. Subjects and Methods: The study period was 4 months from August to November 2017. The geriatric patients attending geriatric outpatient department were interviewed using a predesigned and pretested questionnaire. Convenient sampling was used and a total of 138 participants were included in the study. Statistical Analysis Used: Proportions were used in the study. Results: A total of 63.77% participants expected to die at home surrounded by their family members during their time of death followed by hospital (31.88%). Majority (63.77%) stated their opinions to die a senile death. Organ donation after death was the willingness shown by as high as 70.3%, but registered organ donors were 6.5%. 94.2% participants expected to be cremated after their death while others buried in accord to their religious practices. Only 7.24% of participants had a legal will of their financial establishments. It was observed that even half of the population (47.8%) did not have any form of health or life insurance. Conclusion: Home-based care of the elderly is needed so that they can live their last days of life peacefully. Awareness about health and life insurance should be increased by urgent intervention.


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