Life-Sustaining Treatment Decisions: Health Care Social Workers' Attitudes and Their Correlates

Perla Werner, Sara Carmel

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This study is the first to examine social workers' attitudes to life-sustaining treatments and the correlates associated to these attitudes. A convenience sample of 63 Israeli social workers participated in a mail survey. Results indicate that social workers would use CPR significantly less than artificial feeding or mechanical ventilation. Additionally they would use significantly less LST for patients in a metastatic condition than in mental and severe physical conditions. Social workers' attitudes to the use of LST were more associated to beliefs regarding life and death than to socio-demographic variables. Research examining the attitudes of social workers involved in medical decision-making processes, should be expanded.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-97
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Issue number4
StatePublished - 30 May 2001


  • Attitudes
  • Decision-making
  • End-of-life
  • Interdisciplinary teams
  • Life sustaining treatment
  • Social workers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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