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Partnerships in the Care of the Dying

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/9780195139402.003.0005
Partnerships in the Care of the Dying

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This chapter discusses the importance of medical partnerships in end-of-life care. It explains that while it is easy to see how severely ill patients and their families benefit from having medical partners, the gains for medical professionals are sometimes less immediately tangible because they can earn more by providing more technologically driven care. The chapter discusses the motivations for medical professionals to become involved in end-of-life care and outlines the five critical elements of medical partnerships, which include sharing power and expertise, clarifying commonness and differences, and negotiating differences.

Keywords: medical partnerships; end of life; terminally ill; medical professionals; palliative care

Chapter.  8525 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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