James L. Hallenbeck

in Palliative Care Perspectives

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780195165784
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999897 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the importance of good communication in palliative care. It suggests that the ability to communicate effectively is very important in palliative care; however it is also the one that is often taken for granted. The chapter also discusses the importance of incorporating patient and family preferences into difficult decisions and communicating with patients and families about hastened death. It explains the principle of the goals, options, opinion, and document (GOOD) approach in palliative communication.

Keywords: communication; palliative care; patient decision; family preferences; GOOD approach

Chapter.  15720 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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