Book Review: Patient-Centred Ethics and Communication at the End of Life

2007 Health Expectations 10(2) 206-207

U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 145

Posted: 10 Nov 2018

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Bernadette Richards

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Richards, Bernadette, Book Review: Patient-Centred Ethics and Communication at the End of Life (2007). 2007 Health Expectations 10(2) 206-207, U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 145, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3269117

Bernadette Richards (Contact Author)

University of Adelaide - School of Law ( email )

Adelaide, South Australia 5005
Australia

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