Ethics in End-of-Life Decisions in Social Work Practice by Ellen L. CsikaiEthics in End-of-Life Decisions in Social Work Practice by Ellen L. Csikai

Ethics in End-of-Life Decisions in Social Work Practice

byEllen L. Csikai, Elizabeth Chaitin

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Modern medical technologies have given patients and their families new options at the end of life. These options are often accompanied by difficult medical and ethical questions. Ellen L. Csikai and Elizabeth Chaitin give social workers an expanded ethical base on which to ground theirunderstandings and explanations of the end-of-life options available to patients and workers in healthcare environments. The authors connect long-standing philosophical theories to contemporary concerns in the field of bioethics.In addition to theoretical issues, the authors include case studies to show the complex end-of-life decisions faced by patients, families, and health care workers. In order to help make these decisions, Csikai and Chaitin discuss how to assess knowledge; create treatment and intervention plans; andcultivate empowerment, teamwork, and cultural sensitivity. The authors, experienced social workers, offer approaches for resolving debates about informed consent, privacy and confidentiality, and the refusal or denial of medical treatment. The authors offer both ethical and practical methods fordealing with the potentially charged decisions and negotiations between patients, families, and healthcare workers.Unlike other books that focus entirely on the moral consequences and concerns at the end of life, Ethics in End-of-Life Decisions in Social Work Practice combines moral understanding and analysis with a practical and active approach.

About The Author

Ellen L. Csikai (PhD, MSW, University of Pittsburgh) is associate professor of social work at the University of Alabama. She has published numerous articles and is a member of several professional organizations, including the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organizations. She has also written Teaching Resources for End-of-Life an...

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Title:Ethics in End-of-Life Decisions in Social Work PracticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.59 inPublished:June 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190615745

ISBN - 13:9780190615741

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"The skillful introduction of complex case materials to illustrate key points throughout the book makes this a particularly valuable resource for professionals involved in end-of-life practice . The book is an excellent resource for students, faculty teaching material on ethics, andpractitioners in the field." --Janna C. Heyman, Fordham University