The Philosophy of Palliative Care: Critique and Reconstruction

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The philosophy of palliative care has long remained undisputed by health care professionals and philosophers. This unique book reviews the ethical problems inherent within care of the terminally ill. It suggests a new philosophy statement that could improve clinical care and take the specialty forward.

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"The authors have bravely, and most successfully, to my mind, achieved their objective of producing a critique and reconstruction for the Philosophy of Palliative Care. Within a slim and readable 226 pages, they expose a significant number of basic inconsistencies and contradictions that they find in the currently accepted 'norms' of the specialty. But rather than leave it at that somewhat negative position, they also defend the achievements of the specialty and proceed to record the positive parts of the current situation...All in all, an excellent and easily accessible text which I suspect will be referred to a great deal in debates and discussions about the future of Palliative Care."—Oncology News
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198567363
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/31/2006
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Fiona Randall is a consultant in palliative medicine, with a background in health care ethics and philosophy. She has served on BMA ethics committees, the Association of Palliative Medicine ethics working party, and has been recently involved in drafting the UK law on decision making for patients lacking capacity. She is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Palliative Care. Robin Downie has been a member of various government and professional committees and working parties dealing with issues of medical ethics. He is now an Honorary Professorial Research Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Glasgow.

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Table of Contents

Framework and concepts
1. Root, traditions and philosophy
2. Quality of life
3. Autonomy, dignity, respect and the patient centred approach
4. Relatives
Interventions, effectiveness and cost
5. Control of symptoms and prolongation of life
6. Resuscitation and advance statements
7. Assessment and treatment of psychosocial and spiritual problems
8. Resource allocation
Critique and reconstruction: some suggestions for a better way
9. Critique and reconstruction: some suggestions for a better way

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