Tuesday, January 24, 2012

End-of-Life Ethics: A Case Study Approach

Edited by Kenneth J. Doka, Amy S. Tucci, Charles A. Corr, and Bruce Jennings

-Foreword by Richard B. Fife.

The cases in the book, all written and discussed by prominent  professionals, really show “ethics in action.” For professionals, the cases may help to validate the difficult choices that they guide families through every day in hospice and palliative care, or in a hospital or nursing home setting.

The cases highlight real issues, looking at issues around communication, surrogacy, decision making when children or adolescents are involved, and treatment decisions.

- Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv

End-of-Life Ethics: A Case Study Approach is the companion book for HFA’s 2012 Living with Grief® program. Using a case study approach, pre-eminent authors from the fields of ethics and hospice and palliative care examine the realities and challenges that exist at the intersection between ethical decision making and end-of-life care. 

Ethical decisions at the end of life provide a point where all the factors that influence end-of-life care, such as finances, laws, values, culture, and technology, converge. Decisions made at the end of life affect not only the way that the person dies, but also the ways that survivors face the loss. These decisions may influence staff – affecting morale and turnover consequently directly influencing patient care as well as families struggling with grief. 

The book explores the landmark cases that have influenced the course of end-of-life decision making,  as well as the newer models of thinking that are emerging as technology and end-of-life care continue to evolve. Authors draw upon cases, ranging from infancy to older adults, that examine what one author calls “the messy realities” of these situations, for patients, families, and health care professionals.

End-of-Life Ethics is written by top experts in the field, including:

  • Terry Altilio 
  • Timothy R. Arsenault
  • Eileen R. Chichin
  • Richard P. Cohen
  • Nessa Coyle
  • William Scott Long
  • Mary Beth Morrissey
  • Jim Palmer 
  • Russell K. Portenoy 
  • Daniel P. Sulmasy
Order your book today at https://register.hospicefoundation.org/
Simply select “End-of-Life Ethics” from the main Program selection page. Then, on the left-hand menu, select ‘Order Materials’.