End-of-Life Communication in the ICU

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Dezember 2007



Talking to patients and their families about end-of-life issues can be difficult and stressful. This book looks at ways different cultures view death and then further explores how health care providers around the world communicate about such sensitive issues as withholding or withdrawing life support and discussing options when the outcome is uncertain. By offering a better understanding of cultural differences in attitudes about death and methods of communications about end-of-life issues, the coverage in this important book helps prepare healthcare practitioners to be better communicators - both within and outside of their own cultures.


Multinational perspective on end of life issues in the ICU.- Critical illness and end of life issues: a global view.- Death in a lonely place: pathophysiology of the dying patient.- History of the definitions of death: 18th to 20th century.- What it feels like to live and die on life support.- Who is in charge of the ICU?.- Communicating with the difficult family.- Emotions in the ICU.- Role of the ethics committee in end of life care.- Medical liability issues.- End of life issues vs. politics.- Comments from ancillary healthcare providers.- ICU of the future


From the reviews:
"This is multiauthored collection of perspectives on medical futility, its communication, and its management in the critical care setting. ... Senior staff, fellows, and residents at all levels are an appropriate audience for this work which originates from a multinational set of authors with an interest in end-of-life care." (David J. Dries, Doody's Review Service, February, 2008)
"The book chronicles a wide range of views from practitioners, ethicists, historians, scientists, health care administrators, and consumers from around the world and examines how these interactions affect global health care delivery. The book is loosely organized into brief chapters that capture multinational perspectives on end-of-life care, resource management in critical care, and ethics. ... offers the reader a cultural tour of end-of-life communication practices through the eyes of frontline practitioners." (Elaine C. Meyer, JAMA, October, 2008)
EAN: 9780387729657
ISBN: 0387729658
Untertitel: A Global Perspective. 10 schw. -w. Abbildungen, 10 schw. -w. Fotos, 2 schw. -w. Tabellen. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer-Verlag GmbH
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2007
Seitenanzahl: XX
Format: gebunden
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