The Philosophy of Palliative Care: Critique and reconstruction by Fiona RandallThe Philosophy of Palliative Care: Critique and reconstruction by Fiona Randall

The Philosophy of Palliative Care: Critique and reconstruction

byFiona Randall, R S Downie

Paperback | March 23, 2006

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The idea of a philosophy of palliative care emerged with Cicely Saunders' vision for 'a good death', and was developed further with the WHO definition of palliative care. It is now being applied not only to cancer patients, but to all patients in end of life situations. As this 'palliativecare approach' advances, it is important to pause and comment on its effectiveness. It is a philosophy of patient care, and is therefore open to critique and evaluation. Using the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, 3rd edition as their basic reference, Randall and Downie present their argument that the palliative care approach has become too busy and over-professionalised, and that it therefore has significant weaknesses. They examine the framework of thespecialty - quality of life, autonomy, dignity, patient-centredness, and the priority assigned to relatives in the remit of care - and the moral problems associated with implementing such a philosophy. The resource implications of various health care policies are also discussed in relation to theWHO definition. Whilst the authors defend the achievements of palliative care and those who work in the profession, they present suggestions for an alternative philosophy. Their philosophy prompts many ethical and philosophical questions about the future of palliative care.
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...
Title:The Philosophy of Palliative Care: Critique and reconstructionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.64 inPublished:March 23, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Roots, traditions and philosophy2. Quality of life3. Autonomy, dignity, respect and the patient centred approach4. Relatives5. Control of symptoms and prolongation of life6. Resuscitation and advance statements7. Assessment and treatment of psychosocial and spiritual problems8. Resource allocation9. Critique and reconstruction: some suggestions for a better way

Editorial Reviews

"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