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Communication and Bioethics at the End of Life

Real Cases, Real Dilemmas

  • Lori A.  Roscoe
  • David P. Schenck

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Beginnings/Endings: Complex Issues with Pregnancy, Newborns, and Young Children

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Lori A. Roscoe, David P. Schenck
      Pages 3-12
    3. Lori A. Roscoe, David P. Schenck
      Pages 13-22
    4. Lori A. Roscoe, David P. Schenck
      Pages 23-32
    5. Lori A. Roscoe, David P. Schenck
      Pages 33-43
  3. Decision-Making: Families in the Mix

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-56
    2. Lori A. Roscoe, David P. Schenck
      Pages 57-65
    3. Lori A. Roscoe, David P. Schenck
      Pages 67-78
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      Pages 79-88
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      Pages 89-98
    6. Lori A. Roscoe, David P. Schenck
      Pages 99-108
    7. Lori A. Roscoe, David P. Schenck
      Pages 109-118
  4. Autonomy and Other Ideals: Balancing Benefits and Burdens

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-120
    2. Lori A. Roscoe, David P. Schenck
      Pages 121-131
    3. Lori A. Roscoe, David P. Schenck
      Pages 145-153
    4. Lori A. Roscoe, David P. Schenck
      Pages 169-180
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 181-199

About this book

Introduction

This casebook provides a set of cases that reveal the current complexity of medical decision-making, ethical reasoning, and communication at the end of life for hospitalized patients and those who care for and about them. End-of-life issues are a controversial part of medical practice and of everyday life. Working through these cases illuminates both the practical and philosophical challenges presented by the moral problems that surface in contemporary end-of-life care. Each case involved real people, with varying goals and constraints,who tried to make the best decisions possible under demanding conditions. Though there were no easy solutions, nor ones that satisfied all stakeholders, there are important lessons to be learned about the ways end-of-life care can continue to improve. This advanced casebook is a must-read for medical and nursing students, students in the allied health professions, health communication scholars, bioethicists, those studying hospital and public administration, as well as for practicing physicians and educators. 

Keywords

end-of-life communication ethics and communication health communication physician-patient relations decision-making end-of-life bioethics medical decision-making end-of-life care moral problems in care quality of life end-of-life medical practice narrative inquiry palliative care

Authors and affiliations

  • Lori A.  Roscoe
    • 1
  • David P. Schenck
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of CommunicationUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  2. 2.Morsani College of MedicineUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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