Understanding the Views of Malaysian Public Towards Decision Making for End-Of-Life Care: An Online Study

Sheikh Shafizal Sheikh Ilman, Zakiah Mohd Zin, Abu Bakar Rahman, Nadia Hani Jahaya, Nurashma Juatan, Cindy Cy Oun Teoh, Mark Wing Loong Cheong

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ACP is a process that expresses an individual's preferences via verbal or written communications for future health and personal care and helps prepare people for healthcare decision-making [1]. Currently, there is no legislation for ACP in Malaysia whereby medical intervention is needed to prolong lives. The decision falls onto the doctors or the next of kin [2]. Malaysia has seen an increase in the population of 60 years and above from 1.4 million in 2010 to 2.3 million in 2020 [3]. Although the majority agreed on the importance of planning for future medical management and having an open discussion on end-of-life issues with their doctors, most failed to make a formal written or verbal discussion. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, mechanical ventilation and dialysis were considered by most to be invasive life-prolonging treatments [4].Therefore, there is a need for Advance Care Planning activities to be implemented.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSelangor, Malaysia
PublisherInstitute for Health Behavioural Research
Commissioning bodyKementerian Kesihatan (Malaysia) (Ministry of Health)
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2022

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