The Skill of End-of-Life Communication for Clinicians

Getting to the Root of the Ethical Dilemma

  • Kathleen Benton

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Ethics book series (BRIEFSETHIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 79-81

About this book


With a focus on end-of-life discussion in aging and chronically ill populations, this book offers insight into the skill of communicating in complex and emotionally charged discussions. This text is written for all clinicians and professionals in the fields of healthcare and public health who are faced with questions of ethical deliberation when a patient’s illness turns from chronic to terminal. This skill is required to manage care well in an age of advanced technology, and numerous autonomous choices. With a palliative care and ethics focus, the manuscript provides case studies illustrating issues which occur in the acuity and chronicity of end of life. Clear tools for clinicians, such as scripting and “the advance care planning video library" are included. The book focuses on the unique concept of outpatient ethics, including readmission prevention and shortened length of stay through good communication for clinicians who will be required to conduct this discussion with patients. The ethical undertone in this text provides a perfect opening for application in healthcare ethics classes, both in fields of public health and healthcare. Medical scholars and physicians, nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants, as well as social workers, both in practice and training, will benefit from this text.


end-of-life communication ethical dilemmas ethics and the end of life end-of-life treatment palliative care medicalization of death advance directives outpatient ethics Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment medical ethics cultural medical ethics public healthcare ethics nursing ethics palliative medicine

Authors and affiliations

  • Kathleen Benton
    • 1
  1. 1.Clinical Ethics and Palliative CareArmstrong State UniversitySavannahUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-60443-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-60444-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-8101
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-811X
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