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One-fourth of Americans aged 75 or more years say they have not given very much or any thought to their end-of-life wishes. Further, 22 percent of Americans in that age group say they have neither written down nor talked with someone about their wishes for medical treatment at the end of their lives. Three in 10 of those who describe their health as fair or poor have neither written down nor talked about their wishes with anyone.
Those are some of the findings of a telephone survey conducted by the Pew Research Center earlier this year among a nationally representative sample of 1,994 adults.
Other survey highlights:
The report also includes more survey results related to end-of-life medical treatment as well as results related to suicide and physician-assisted suicide. This report is the second of two survey reports on bioethics questions at the intersection of religion and public life. It follows Pew Research’s August report on radical life extension.
Together with the survey results, Pew Research is releasing two accompanying reports. “To End Our Days: The Social, Legal and Political Dimensions of the End-of-Life Debate” presents an overview of the debate on end-of-life issues in the United States. “Religious Groups’ Views on End-of-Life Issues” summarizes the teachings of 16 major American religious groups on physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia and other end-of-life questions. Additionally, an interactive web timeline highlights U.S. court rulings, referendums and other notable events related to end-of-life issues from the last half-century.
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