The Gerontologist, Vol 31, Issue 5 700-703, Copyright © 1991 by The Gerontological Society of America
The patient chose to die: why?
Family Medicine Department, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque 87131.
The elderly patient's choice to die may only appear to be independent of
the family's choices. Behind the patient's choice often lie implicit
interpersonal as well as overt personal reasons. These must be understood
in order to provide optimal care for the patient and family. Case examples
of undeliberate and deliberate clarification are offered.