Importance of living wills highlighted by cultural differences

15 January 2014
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15 January 2014, Comments: 0

According to the linked article “[m]ore than 70 percent of Japanese said they’d prefer not to be fed through a tube into the stomach if they suffered from terminal cancer or severe dementia.”  However, only 3.2 percent of Japanese surveyed had prepared a living will setting forth their medical care wishes.  The author describes her experience following the administration of a feeding tube on her 96 year-old grandmother without asking consent.  The article presents a touching example of the contrasts between Japanese and American medical practices, and also highlights the importance of making these wishes known before it is to late to effectively communicate them.

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