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Palliative care ethics : a companion for all specialties
Randall, Fiona.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xx, 312 pages ; 23 cm
Ch. 1. Ethics and aims in palliative care -- Ch. 2. The patient-carer relationship -- Ch. 3. The relative-professional relationship -- Ch. 4. Teamwork -- Ch. 5. Process of clinical decision making -- Ch. 6. Giving information -- Ch. 7. Confidentiality -- Ch. 8. Clinical treatment decisions -- Ch. 9. Other management decisions -- Ch. 10. Emotional care -- Ch. 11. Research -- Ch. 12. Resource allocation -- Ch. 13. Reply to critics -- Ch. 14. Quality and value of life.
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R726 .R35 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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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-prolongingtreatment. 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 carers - with the concepts and principles to assist them in difficultdecisions. A central theme, that technical expertise must be controlled by humane, non-technical judgements, 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 issuesin the real world. The authors have expanded the section on rationing in respnse to the changing health care environment and confront the 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 increasinglyrecognised 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 withprofessional and human integrity' Journal of Medical Ethic

Author Notes

Fiona Randall is at Christchurch Hospital, Dorset. Robin Downie is at University of Glasgow.

Table of Contents

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