A Palliative Ethic of Care: Clinical Wisdom at Life's End

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Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2006 - Medical - 281 pages
This volume explains how to develop a set of patient and physician goals for improving quality of life, resolving end of life issues, and treating dying patients. The author, Dr. Joseph Fins, pragmatically blends ethical theory and clinical practice, presenting readers with theoretical and historical considerations about end of life care and offering practical wisdom about the care of dying patients and their families. A Palliative Ethic of Care employs the ground-breaking Goals of Care Assessment Tool (GCAT) as a framework of knowledge that links practical considerations about patient care with more theoretical concerns to provide deeper insights into why end-of-life care is so challenging and to help foster necessary reform in how people die.Systems of care are impersonal and anonymous. Ultimately, it is the task of the individual practitioner to initiate and sustain the provision of care. A Palliative Ethic of Care: Clinical Wisdom at Life's End is an invaluable resource for helping achieve this objective.
 

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Contents

Medical Students Residents and the Dying
3
Chapter
8
GoalSetting Near the End of Life
9
Chapter
10
Chapter 4
58
GoalSetting A Strategy for Effective
91
Chapter 6
101
Chapter 7
114
Medical Developments
145
Acute Decompensation and the Use
153
Chapter 9
163
Appendix
264
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