A good death? More needed for end-of-life care in Singapore: IPS Study

3 Family interference in decisions on healthcare:

The study found that it was difficult for patients here to make their own healthcare decisions given the culture of joint decision-making in families. It said that in Singapore, families play a “central and often dominant role” in the healthcare decisions of the elderly. Elderly patients were also inclined to defer to their family members on decision about healthcare. This was a result of social expectations placed on Singaporeans to care for their elderly parents. It noted that in some cases, families even chose not to reveal the diagnosis to the patient. The study said that such cultural attitudes reduced the patient’s autonomy to make decisions about his or her own healthcare.

Emphasis mine. I've seen this in real life--it is not pretty.

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