Advance Care Planning in Oncology in Indonesia: Which Steps Have to be Taken?

As part of the end of life (EoL) care, it has been shown that advance care planning (ACP) can improve the quality of EoL care and patient’s satisfaction, as well as reduce stress and anxiety in patient’s family members. On the contrary, lack of adequate communication during EoL phase may result in increasing psychological suffering, unpreparedness in facing the future, utilization of burdensome and expensive health care resources of little or no therapeutic benefit, and may adversely impact bereavement.
However, since ACP is strongly influenced by person’s priorities, values, and beliefs, having a cultural sensitivity is critical in delivering ACP. Asia as home to various cultures and religions may have a different ethical consideration where autonomy does not necessarily belong solely to the individual. Understanding how cultural aspects may impact the practice of ACP in Asian population is critical. The aim of this study is to achieve a better understanding in knowledge, attitude and experience among cancer patients, their relatives and health care practitioners in Asia, particularly in Indonesia.

Betrokken onderzoekers: Prof Karin van der Rijt, PhD, MD; Prof Agnes van der Heide, PhD, MD; Judith Rietjens, PhD, Rudi Putranto, MD; Diah Martina, MD (uitvoerend)