Correlates of the Attitude Toward Life-Sustaining Treatment: A Study With Older Adults in South Korea

Yuri Jang, Soo Young Kim, Sujie Chang

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The goal of the present study was to examine factors associated with the attitude toward life-sustaining treatment among older adults in South Korea. Focus was given to sociodemographic characteristics (age, gender, education, financial status, and religious affiliation), family-related variables (presence of a spouse, children, and a living parent [or in-law]), and health-related variables (chronic conditions, functional disability, and self-rated health). Using data from 6,895 participants (aged 65−97) in the 2014 Korean National Elderly Survey, logistic regression model was tested. The proportion of the sample that endorsed a strong disagreement with the provision of life-sustaining treatment was 53.2%. The increased odds of having a strong disagreement was found in those with younger age (<75), higher education, a living parent (or in-law), and more favorable ratings of health. Findings shed light on programs and services on end-of-life care planning for older adults in South Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-425
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Aging and Human Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Soo Young Kim is a professor in the Department of Social Welfare at Kyungsung University in South Korea. She received her doctoral degree in Social Welfare from Busan National University. Her research focuses on aging in place and sense of community for the elderly. She is currently leading a project funded by the Social Sciences Korea (SSK) from the National Research Foundation of Korea.

Funding Information:
The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2015S1A3A2046745).

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  • Asian elders
  • end of life
  • life course
  • life-sustaining treatment
  • older Koreans


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