Palliative Care Ethics: A Companion for All Specialties by Fiona Randall

Palliative Care Ethics: A Companion for All Specialties

byFiona Randall, Robin Downie

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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

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Fiona Randall is at Christchurch Hospital, Dorset. Robin Downie is at University of Glasgow.
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Title:Palliative Care Ethics: A Companion for All SpecialtiesFormat:PaperbackPublished:October 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0192630687

ISBN - 13:9780192630681

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Ethics and aims in palliative careThe patient-carer relationshipThe relative-professional relationshipTeamworkProcess of clinical decision makingGiving informationConfidentialityClinical treatment decisionsOther management decisionsEmotional careResearchResource allocationReply to criticsQuality of Life and value of life

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`' Overall, this book is a practical, easy-to-read introduction to the field of bioethics and will provide a good resource for any health care provider in the field of palliative care- whatever the speciality.''Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal