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This descriptive research aimed to study up to the steps of the decision-making process. Sample group was surrogate decision makers. A conveniencesampling was used to select 120 patient’s surrogates have been treated in the internal medicine intensive care unit and medical ward of 5 southern province hospitals. Information collected using two questionnaires: demographic data, and three decision making process’s practice.Alpha’s Cronbach of instrument ‘s validity was0.87. Analysis of the data used descriptive statistics. This descriptive research aimed to study up to the steps of the decision-making process. Sample group was surrogate decision makers. A conveniencesampling was used to select 120 patient’s surrogates have been treated in the internal medicine intensive care unit and medical ward of 5 southern province hospitals. Information collected using two questionnaires: demographic data, and three decision making process’s practice.Alpha’s Cronbach of instrument ‘s validity was0.87. Analysis of the data used descriptive statistics. Results revealedthe steps of the decision making process regarding treatments for critically classified as list: 1) practical steps to acknowledge the data found that : the decision makers chose to know in the most about patients symptoms (M = 3.28, S.D. = 1.06) and possibility of the disease healing (M = 3.14, S.D. = 1.05) 2) compliance in process analysis: the decision makers analyzed the most about religion(M = 3.98, S.D. = 0.03),and patients preference (M = 3.94, S.D. = 0.06) and 3) practice in the process of the formulation and analysis of alternatives: the decision makers analyzed the most about discussionalternative treatments with family(M = 3.75, S.D. = 0.48),and the family relationship after making decision(M = 3.46, S.D. = 0.71) Surrogate decision makers practiced all the decision ‘s making process. Findings from this study will be useful to develop guideline to provide health information to support decision making and to develop care plan that is consistent with cultural belief and background of patients and family.
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