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Expanding the Paradigm of the Physician's Role in Surrogate Decision-Making: An Empirically Derived Framework
BACKGROUND: Little is known about what role physicians take in the decision-making process about life support in intensive care units. OBJECTIVE: To determine how responsibility is balanced between physicians and surrogates ...
Family Caregivers, Patients and Physicians: Ethical Guidance to Optimize Relationships
(American College of Physicians Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee, 2010-03)
Family caregivers play a major role in maximizing the health and quality of life of more than 30 million individuals with acute and chronic illness. Patients depend on family caregivers for assistance with daily activities, ...
Dying With Dignity in America: The Transformational Leadership of Florence Wald
The aims of this study are to examine the constructs of transformational leadership as they played out for one nurse who steered significant change in the care of the dying in the United States and to provide deeper insights ...
The Case of Samuel Golubchuk and the Right to Live
Samuel Golubchuk was unwittingly at the center of a medical controversy with important ethical ramifications. Mr. Golubchuk, an 84-year-old patient whose precise neurological level of function was open to debate, was being ...
The Relationship Between Nurses' Religiosity and Willingness to Let Patients Control the Conversation About End-of-Life Care
OBJECTIVE: The study attempts to examine the relationship between nurses' religious beliefs and how nurses communicate with patients. METHOD: An online census survey was administered to graduate students in the School of ...
Towards Self-Determination in Quality of Life Research: A Dialogic Approach
Health-related quality of life measures aim to assess patients' subjective experience in order to gauge an increasingly wide variety of health care issues such as patient needs; satisfaction; side effects; quality of care; ...
Attitudes of Health Care Professionals, Relatives of Advanced Cancer Patients and Public Towards Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide
Nowadays, euthanasia has the meaning of the direct administration of a lethal agent to the patient by another party with a merciful intent after patients' request. Physician assisted suicide refers to the patient intentionally ...
Differences in Level of Care at the End of Life According to Race
Tailoring care for patients and their families at the end of life is important.
Consent in Terminal Sedation
For the majority of patients at the end of life, their symptoms can be relieved through good palliative care. However, for an unfortunate few, these symptoms become intractable despite the best holistic interventions and ...