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Humanistic 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/9780195139402.003.0003
Humanistic End-of-Life Care

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This chapter examines the humanistic aspects of end-of-life care. The case of the Reverend and Mrs. M. illustrate how overly simplistic notions of humanism and ethics will not easily withstand the realities that patients and their families face. The chapter suggests that putting a humanistic approach into practice in the modern medical environment requires a combination of competencies in multiple medical domains, as well as relationship-centered skills and values.

Keywords: end of life; humanism; ethics; patients; families; multiple competencies; relationship-centered skills

Chapter.  8348 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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