Book Review: Patient-Centred Ethics and Communication at the End of Life
2007 Health Expectations 10(2) 206-207
Posted: 10 Nov 2018
Date Written: 2007
Patients are in a vulnerable position at the end of their life, as are those close to them and the healthcare professionals caring for them. It is a diﬃcult time during which communication can easily break down, misunderstandings arise and anger and resentment develop. This text endeavours to address some of the complexities of end-of-life care and sets out to bridge some of the misunderstandings between patients and their careers. Jeﬀrey aims at giving professionals involved in the care of the terminally ill the conﬁdence to involve patients in decision making and to facilitate communication. However, the book moves beyond this aim and actively encourages the bridging of misunderstandings between professionals. The approach advocated is very much a team one imbued with respect for all others involved in the care of the patient. The central theme is of communication between all parties and it is only through communication that not only the patient, but the health-care professionals as well, can obtain the care and support needed.
Keywords: patient-centered ethics, communication, healthcare professionals
JEL Classification: K00, K30, K32, K39
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