Ongoing Projects

This study examines end of life decision-making using a video vignette and compares the perspectives of persons who are sick (stage 1 & 2 cancers), very sick (stage 3 & 4 cancers), and their caregivers and/or decision-makers. No study in Singapore has previously compared and explored the underlying rationale behind the decisions made by these groups of participants and their attitudes towards collusion, quality of life, and treatment cost.

This study will examine the attitudes of healthcare professionals, patients and caregivers to advance care planning (ACP). ACP is an ongoing communication process which helps individuals better understand their health condition and to express their preferred treatment options if they become too ill to communicate those choices in the future. Focus groups and in-depth interviews will be conducted with the stakeholders. 

Satisfying the needs of dying patients without unduly burdening the healthcare system is a public health priority; however preferences concerning care at EOL remain largely unknown. This project thus aims to understand the EOL care preferences of 250 end-stage cancer patients and their caregivers in Singapore through a stated preference conjoint survey.

Understanding preferences for care at the end-of-life is important for planning and improving services that provide such care. However, the nature and extent of these preferences among Singaporeans remains unknown. Thus, this study aims to understand the preferences of Singaporeans regarding care they wish to receive at the end of their lives and to assess whether these preferences vary by demographic and socio-economic characteristics.