Assisted Suicide: A Decision-Making Guide for Health Professionals / Edition 1

Assisted Suicide: A Decision-Making Guide for Health Professionals / Edition 1

by Stephen Jamison
     
 

Caregivers have always been confronted with patients seeking aid in dying, but now more than ever—with assisted suicide no longer a taboo topic—physicians and mental health professionals need a guide on how to approach this difficult and complex subject. Written in a clear and compassionate style, this is the first work to offer specific, concrete

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Caregivers have always been confronted with patients seeking aid in dying, but now more than ever—with assisted suicide no longer a taboo topic—physicians and mental health professionals need a guide on how to approach this difficult and complex subject. Written in a clear and compassionate style, this is the first work to offer specific, concrete guidelines on counseling and assisting patients who are considering suicide.Based on his extensive experience with hundreds of patients, Stephen Jamison provides a balanced, well-reasoned approach to this morally difficult situation. He leads readers through the decision-making process in a step-by-step manner, and provides a range of helpful options, guidelines, and tools.This book helps physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, hospice workers, nurses, and other caregivers to:** ComprehAnd more precisely the actual meaning of a patient's expressed desire to die** Become aware of the range of ethical, emotional, and practical concerns surrounding assisted dying** Consider the influence of the family-both positive and negative-on the patient requesting aid in dying** Understand more clearly their own thoughts and feelings about death and dying, and feel more comfortable with their own position regarding assisted dying** Make an informed professional decision about what is the most appropriate action to take, if anyFilled with timely suggestions, examples, and techniques, Assisted Suicide will be an invaluable aid when discussing this difficult issue with incurable and terminal patients, their families, and their friAnds.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787908737
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/03/1997
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN JAMISON, a social psychologist, is former president of the Mental Health Association of Marin County, California, and director of Life and Death Consultations in Mill Valley, California. He is adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, and the author of Final Acts of Love: Families, FriAnds, and Assisted Dying.

Table of Contents

1. The Ethical Debate
2. When a Patient Says "I Want to Die"
3. Responding to Requests for Help
4. Understanding Family Dynamics
5. Working Through the Choices
6. The Final Decision

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