Framing Effects on End-of-Life Preferences Among Latino Elders

Daniel Vélez Ortiz, Rubén O. Martinez, David V. Espino

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This study compared how the presentation of end-of-life (EOL) choices influences responses by Latino and White older adults relative to resuscitation preferences. The authors apply prospect theory, which deals with decision making based on how choices are framed. Participants were presented with differently ordered questions framing a resuscitation scenario and asked to rate their preferences. Results show that Latino participants were significantly influenced by the framing order of treatment options with regard to resuscitation while Whites were not. Health professionals need to be aware that the ways they present EOL options are likely to affect the choices of Latino older adults. Further research is needed with Latino subgroups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)708-724
Number of pages17
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Issue number8
StatePublished - Sep 14 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Latinos
  • end-of-life decisions
  • older adults
  • prospect theory
  • resuscitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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