Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and older adults' expectations

Gerontologist. 1994 Dec;34(6):797-802. doi: 10.1093/geront/34.6.797.


The purpose of this study was to determine the knowledge, attitudes, and opinions of older adults about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Sixty hospitalized/institutionalized older adults were interviewed. Most had little or no accurate knowledge of CPR. However, many stated that they would wish to receive CPR and would want to be involved in the CPR decision-making process. The knowledge deficits and misconceptions of older adults should be addressed in order that they may become informed and active participants in the CPR decision-making process.

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Canada
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / education
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / psychology*
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / statistics & numerical data
  • Comprehension*
  • Decision Making
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination
  • Inpatients
  • Long-Term Care
  • Male
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Patient Participation
  • Withholding Treatment