Promoting the use of enduring powers of attorney in older adults: a literature review

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Mitchell, Leander K., Pachana, Nancy A., Wilson, Jill, Vearncombe, Katharine, Massavelli, Bronwyn, Byrne, Gerard J. and Tilse, Cheryl. 2014. "Promoting the use of enduring powers of attorney in older adults: a literature review." Australasian Journal on Ageing. 33 (1), pp. 2-7. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12043
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Promoting the use of enduring powers of attorney in older adults: a literature review

ERA Journal ID15758
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMitchell, Leander K. (Author), Pachana, Nancy A. (Author), Wilson, Jill (Author), Vearncombe, Katharine (Author), Massavelli, Bronwyn (Author), Byrne, Gerard J. (Author) and Tilse, Cheryl (Author)
Journal TitleAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Journal Citation33 (1), pp. 2-7
Number of Pages6
Year2014
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1440-6381
1741-6612
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12043
Web Address (URL)http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ajag.12043/abstract
Abstract

This review aims to identify factors that facilitate the establishment of enduring powers of attorney (EPOAs), and those that create a barrier to their establishment. The primary aim was to provide guidance about how to encourage future planning while people are cognitively able to make such important decisions. A detailed search of the literature was conducted to identify research looking at the motivating factors behind putting future-planning strategies in place. The literature highlighted a number of broad areas motivating the establishment of EPOAs, including: demographic factors; intrapersonal and personality factors; health and psychological factors; cognitive factors; and socio-emotional factors. While a number of factors play a role in determining whether or not a person establishes an EPOA, the factor most malleable to change is the awareness and knowledge of older adults and their families regarding the utility of EPOAs. © 2013 ACOTA.

Keywordsolder adults; power of attorney; substitute decision-making; advance directives; aged; Australia; decision making; human rights; humans
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020489999. Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified
520402. Decision making
420301. Aged health care
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
Department of Health, Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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