It’s Time to Talk
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VITAS Healthcare commissioned a 2021 nationwide study that found the COVID-19 pandemic has made many Americans – especially younger Americans – more open to talking about their wishes and values for end-of-life care.
The survey of 1,000 U.S. adults found that:
- A majority of respondents (69%) report that talking about their wishes and values for end-of-life care is important to them, but only slightly more than half (56%) have actually discussed those wishes. This is a marked increase from 2018, when a Conversation Project study found only 32% had shared their wishes.
- 1 in 5 respondents said they had a loved one who was seriously ill or died during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they did not know their wishes or values for end-of-life care.
- More than a quarter (29%) of respondents said that the COVID-19 pandemic increased their likelihood to write down their wishes and values for end-of-life care.
- Nearly a quarter (22%) of respondents said people should start thinking about wishes and values for end-of-life care when their doctor brings it up to them – and the percentage increased to 31% for non-white respondents (compared to 17% of white respondents).