Caring for Patients at the End of Life

Caring for Patients at the End of Life : Facing an Uncertain Future Together

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In "Caring for Patients at the End of Life: Facing an Uncertain Future Together", the author uses his wide range of clinical experience caring for severely ill patients and their families to illustrate the challenges and potential of end-of-life care. Section one utilizes the near death experiences of two patients to explore values underlying medical humanism, and then presents the case of "Diane" to explore the fundamental clinical commitments of partnership and non-abandonment. Section two explores, illustrates, and provides practical guidance for clinicians, patients, and families about critical communication issues including delivering bad news, discussing palliative care, and exploring the wish to die. In section three, difficult ethical and policy challenges inherent in hospice work, including the rule of double effect, terminal sedation, and physician-assisted suicide, are explored using a mix of real cases and an analysis of underlying clinical, ethical, and policy issues. In a final chapter, the author discusses the tragic death of his brother which occurred as this book was being completed, and how his family made the most emotionally challenging decisions of their more

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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 154.2 x 234.2 x 18mm | 418.02g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195139402
  • 9780195139402

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. . . a compelling narrative, a combination of case history and an analysis of the complex clinical, ethical and policy issues that swirl about end-of-life care. * The New York Times * . . . an excellent read for any on the cutting edge of delivering palliative and end-of-life care. * Progress in Palliative Care, Vol 10, No 2 *show more

Table of contents

I Underlying Values and Assumptions; 1: Same Old Seventeen Dollar Lamps; 2: Humanistic End of Life Care; 3: Death and Dignity: A Case of Individualized Decision Making; 4: Partnership in the Care of the Dying; 5: Non-abandonment: A Central Obligation of Physicians; II The Medical Interview: A Critical Clinical Tool; 1: Delivering Bad News; 2: Discussing Palliative Care with Patients; 3: Palliative Care for Patients with Severe Dementia: A Consensus-Based Approach to Decision-Making; 4: Doctor, I want to die! Will you help me?; III Difficult Clinical and Ethical Issues; 1: Hospice and Palliative Care: Clinical, Ethical and Policy Challenges; 2: The Rule of Double Effect: A Critique of its Role in End of Life Decision Making; 3: Palliative Options of Last Resort: A Comparison of Practices, Justifications, and Safeguards; 4: End of Life Care in the Netherlands and the United States: A Comparison of Values, Justifications, and Practices; Epilogue: All About My Brother; Appendix: End-of-Life Website Resource Listshow more

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