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Introduction: Challenges and Potential of End-of-Life Care

Timothy E. Quill

in Caring for Patients at the End of Life

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195139402
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999859 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139402.003.0001
Introduction: Challenges and Potential of End-of-Life Care

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This book relates the author's experience in end-of-life care. It examines the critical values that underlie the doctor–patient relationship and the process of joint decision making, and provides practical guidance for clinicians, patients, and families for conducting critical conversations around several difficult topics. It discusses the difficult clinical and ethical issues faced by clinicians, patients, and families as a routine part of end-of-life care and stresses the importance of committed relationships in palliative care.

Keywords: end-of-life care; doctor–patient relationship; joint decision making; critical conversations; ethical issues; committed relationships; palliative care

Chapter.  4404 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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