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The Hastings Center Guidelines for Decisions on Life-Sustaining Treatment and Care Near the End of Life: Revised and Expanded Second Edition
     

The Hastings Center Guidelines for Decisions on Life-Sustaining Treatment and Care Near the End of Life: Revised and Expanded Second Edition

by Nancy Berlinger, Bruce Jennings, Susan M. Wolf, Hastings Center Staff (Contribution by)
 

This major new work updates and significantly expands The Hastings Center's 1987 Guidelines on the Termination of Life-Sustaining Treatment and Care of the Dying. Like its predecessor, this second edition will shape the ethical and legal framework for decision-making on treatment and end-of-life care in the United States.
This groundbreaking work incorporates

Overview

This major new work updates and significantly expands The Hastings Center's 1987 Guidelines on the Termination of Life-Sustaining Treatment and Care of the Dying. Like its predecessor, this second edition will shape the ethical and legal framework for decision-making on treatment and end-of-life care in the United States.
This groundbreaking work incorporates 25 years of research and innovation in clinical care, law, and policy. It is written for physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals and is structured for easy reference in difficult clinical situations. It supports the work of clinical ethicists, ethics committee members, health lawyers, clinical educators, scholars, and policymakers. It includes extensive practical recommendations.
Health care reform places a new set of challenges on decision-making and care near the end of life. The Hastings Center Guidelines are an essential resource.

Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Amanda Hine, MA (Saint Louis University)
Description: In the face of evolving medical, ethical, and legal landscapes, the Hastings Center has revised and expanded its guidelines for end-of-life decision-making.
Purpose: This edition integrates and accounts for the 25 years of research, medical advances, and legal developments that have occurred since the first edition of 1987. Just as with that book, this second edition will surely prove to be a widely referenced and influential resource for healthcare providers confronting the multitude of issues in end-of-life care.
Audience: Written for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, the book accomplishes its goals of providing in-depth ethical guidance for decision-making and improving care at the end of life. This edition not only focuses on patients' interests, but also expands its ethical lens to the wider community of families and loved ones.
Features: While the first edition focused on articulating, arguably for the first time, the rights of patients and the corresponding responsibility of caregivers, the second edition works to contextualize these rights and duties in the lived experience of patients, families, and the healthcare team. This edition takes the original framework and builds upon it by addressing end-of-life issues not only in regard to a patient's condition, but also in light of their lived experience. In addition to expanding on and updating the guidelines for making ethical decisions in the end-of -life context, the second edition provides a framework for guidance on pediatric decision-making that was not addressed in the first edition. The new material on pediatrics includes important clarifications and distinctions between adult, adolescent, and infant end-of-life care.
Assessment: This second edition proves to be a comprehensive and accessible resource for healthcare practitioners that is relevant in the context of the constantly evolving field of medicine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199974566
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/24/2013
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Nancy Berlinger is a Research Scholar at The Hastings Center and teaches ethics at the Yale University School of Nursing. She directed the Hastings Center project that produced the revised and expanded second edition of the Guidelines.

Bruce Jennings is Director of Bioethics at the Center for Humans and Nature and teaches ethics at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is an elected Fellow of The Hastings Center and was a co-author of the first edition of the Guidelines in 1987.

Susan M. Wolf is McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy at the University of Minnesota, and a Faculty Member in the University's Center for Bioethics. She is an elected Member of the National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine, elected Fellow of the AAAS, and elected Fellow of The Hastings Center. She directed the Hastings Center project that produced the first edition of the Guidelines in 1987, and was principal author of that work.

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