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Overview

Palliative care is a rapidly growing area within health care and one in which there are many ethical dilemmas. Chronically and terminally ill patients increasingly wish to take control of their own lives and deaths, resources are scarce and technology has created controversial life-prolonging treatment. This book has been written by a clinician and a teacher and writer of health care ethics to provide all those who care for the terminally ill - doctors, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, clergy and other careers - with the concepts and principles to assist them in difficult decisions. A central theme, that technical expertise must be controlled by humane, non-technical judgments, runs through the challenging and thoughtful text. Palliative Care Ethics, in this second edition, is now more user- friendly and includes genuine case histories to illustrate ethical issues in the real world. The authors have expanded the section on rationing in response to the changing health care environment and confrontthe issues of patient rights to a far greater extent..There is also a new chapter covering terminally ill children. As the philosophy of palliation is increasingly recognised to be important from diagnosis, the coverage of more general cancer care ethics has been much increased. 'an excellent book' Palliative Medicine 'A thorough reference for practitioners of palliative care' toronto Medical Journal 'The authors tackle many delicate concerns with professional and human integrity' Journal of Medical Ethic

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Reviewer: Nadine Coudret, MSN, EdE (University of Southern Indiana)
Description: This is a provocative, comprehensive reference and companion to Doyle's Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine (Oxford University Press, Inc., 1995). The first section presents the authors' philosophy of palliative care followed by a discussion of clinical issues. Case studies are included. The authors' response to critics of the first edition and a discussion of the quality and value of life conclude the book. The textbook discussions include references to current British law and practices.
Purpose: This book provides an authoritative useful reference source for healthcare professionals and others involved in palliative care clinical decision making. It serves a similar purpose for other individuals personally or professionally interested in the ethics of palliative care.
Audience: The intended audience includes physicians, nurses, social workers, and other healthcare providers. Policy makers and others involved in making and interpreting public policy will also find this book useful. In addition, students majoring in ethics and philosophy may find this a useful reference.
Features: At the beginning of each chapter there is a relevant, thought-provoking quotation. The conclusions that accompany each chapter provide a concise summary of major chapter points. There is an absence of illustrations, figures, and tables, but an index is included.
Assessment: A number of books focus on medical ethics and most of these books include content related to end-of-life issues. There are also a number of books related to palliative care and hospice that include one or two chapters on ethics. I did not identify any book that directly paralleled this one. The added features of this second edition support the addition of this book to the libraries of individual practitioners, educators, and policy makers.
Nadine Coudret
This is a provocative, comprehensive reference and companion to Doyle's Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine (Oxford University Press, Inc., 1995). The first section presents the authors' philosophy of palliative care followed by a discussion of clinical issues. Case studies are included. The authors' response to critics of the first edition and a discussion of the quality and value of life conclude the book. The textbook discussions include references to current British law and practices. "This book provides an authoritative useful reference source for healthcare professionals and others involved in palliative care clinical decision making. It serves a similar purpose for other individuals personally or professionally interested in the ethics of palliative care. "The intended audience includes physicians, nurses, social workers, and other healthcare providers. Policy makers and others involved in making and interpreting public policy will also find this book useful. In addition, students majoring in ethics and philosophy may find this a useful reference. "At the beginning of each chapter there is a relevant, thought-provoking quotation. The conclusions that accompany each chapter provide a concise summary of major chapter points. There is an absence of illustrations, figures, and tables, but an index is included. "A number of books focus on medical ethics and most of these books include content related to end-of-life issues. There are also a number of books related to palliative care and hospice that include one or two chapters on ethics. I did not identify any book that directly paralleled this one. The added features of this second edition support theaddition of this book to the libraries of individual practitioners, educators, and policy makers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192630681
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Ethics and aims in palliative care
The patient-carer relationship
The relative-professional relationship
Teamwork
Process of clinical decision making
Giving information
Confidentiality
Clinical treatment decisions
Other management decisions
Emotional care
Research
Resource allocation
Reply to critics
Quality of Life and value of life

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