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Survey on Perceived Impact of Religion, Culture, and Social Network Information on Surrogate Decision-making in a South Asian Developed Country

Shahla Siddiqui, Sukhanya Sureish, Audris Chia

Keywords : Culture, religion, social media information, surrogate decision making

Citation Information : Siddiqui S, Sureish S, Chia A. Survey on Perceived Impact of Religion, Culture, and Social Network Information on Surrogate Decision-making in a South Asian Developed Country. Indian J Crit Care Med 2018; 22 (9):656-659.

DOI: 10.4103/ijccm.IJCCM_383_17

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-09-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Introduction: Relatives often have to assume responsibility for making end of life choices as surrogate decision-makers for patients with diminished or are lacking capacity. Our aim was to study the influence of religion, culture and social network information on surrogate decision making. Methods: This study was an exploratory, prospective, survey. Questions addressed the role of surrogates in decision making and the importance and influence of religion, culture and social media on such decisions. Results: 34 respondents filled out the anonymous survey. Surrogate decision making is a complex process and influenced by many factors. Conclusion: This survey points to a need for wider studies looking at the factors influencing people when making such important decisions and further social psychology interventions to evaluate whether such decisions can be made more consistent and patient centred.

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