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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 411--414

What is the public opinion of advance care planning within the punjabi sikh community?

Midyorks NHS Trust, Wakefield, England, UK

Correspondence Address:
Amarjodh Singh Landa
Ferrybridge Medical Centre, Knottingley WF11 8NQ, England
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJPC.IJPC_219_19

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Aim: The aim was to gain an understanding of what the United Kingdom (UK) Punjabi Sikh community understands and thinks about advance care planning (ACP). This is in response to evidence showing a lack of service usage by Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic groups. Methods: Surveys containing questions about the impressions of terms, advance decisions for care, do-not-attempt-resuscitation, and lasting power of attorney were taken to targeted community groups; these included community day centers, sporting groups, temples, and social media circles. Surveys were available in both Punjabi and English languages. Results: A total of 311 surveys were received in total. There was a 50/50 gender split and a mixed group of ages; 75% were born in the UK and 15% were born in Punjab, India. Only a third had some understanding of what ACP meant. Nearly 50% of the participants did express wishes toward the end of their life, however only a third of the respondents knew how to access services. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was felt to be mandatory by 36%. Sixty percent thought that their decision would be legally binding in relatives who do not have capacity. Conclusion: This study showed that wishes for religious rites were common, however many do not know how to make them known. If they do know about services, then people are highly likely to engage with the ACP process.


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