Physician's Guide to End-of-life Care

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Lois Snyder, Timothy E. Quill
American College of Physicians, 2001 - Medical - 267 pages
Patients want better end-of-life care, and physicians want to provide it. But in a society where high-tech interventions are often emphasized, moving from curative treatment to comfort care is sometimes difficult. Often, patients in the last phase of life want both continued aggressive treatments and the benefits of palliative measures. Many physicians have never been trained in palliative measures and end-of-life care. It is a challenging area but one in which clinicians can enhance the quality of life for seriously ill patients.

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Contents

Discussing Palliative Care with Patients
3
A ConsensusBased Approach to Practicing Palliative Care
19
Respecting Cultural Differences at the End of Life
35
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Snyder is on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics and directs the Center for Ethics and Professionalism at the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

Timothy E. Quill, M.D. is associate professor of medicine and psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

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