Commonwealth Survey 2014 Infographic 2

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End-of-life care planning

End-of-life care planning

Results from The Commonwealth Fund 2014 International Health Policy Survey of Older Adults (age 55+) show that Canadians are more likely to plan for their end-of-life needs than people in other countries.

61% of older Canadians have had discussions about treatments they do or don’t want at the end of their life.

39% had written plans documenting their end-of-life wishes. Canada ranks third in having the highest proportions of older adults who have written plans documenting their end-of-life wishes, behind Germany and the United States.

Older Canadian seniors are more likely than their younger counterparts to have written plans for their end-of-life care wishes.

Table 2: Proportion of Older Canadians Who Had Written Plans for Their End-of-Life Care Wishes, by Age, 2014
Age Proportion
55–64 32%
65–74 43%
75+ 49%

The proportion of those who had written plans for their end-of-life care varied widely by province.

Table 3: Proportion of Older Canadians Who Have Written Plans for Their End-of-Life Care Wishes, by Province, 2014
Province Proportion
British Columbia 36%
Alberta 43%
Saskatchewan 29%
Manitoba 35%
Ontario 44%
Quebec 40%
New Brunswick 24%
Nova Scotia 29%
Prince Edward Island 26%
Newfoundland and Labrador 18%

 

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