End-of-Life Decision-Making and Palliative Care

Lukin, Bill, White, Benjamin P., & Douglas, Carol (2020) End-Of-Life Decision-Making and Palliative Care. In Cameron, Peter, Little, Mark, Mitra, Biswadev, & Deasy, Conor (Eds.) Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine [5th Ed.]. Elseiver, Sydney, N.S.W, pp. 653-656.

Posted: 25 Sep 2019

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Ben White

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law

WIlliam Lukin

Queensland Health

Carol Douglas

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Date Written: 2020

Abstract

Essentials:

1. An emergency department attendance represents an opportunity to set goals for care during the attendance and beyond.

2. End of life discussions and advance care planning assist early decision making about treatment goals and end of life care.

3. Knowledge of the law assists decision making at the end of life.

4. Not all dying patients require the skill set of a palliative care specialist but every dying patient will benefit from a palliative approach.

5. Palliative care does not preclude active treatment where the intent is understood by patient and family.

6. Failure to diagnose dying can compromise patient care.

7. The emergency department should foster close relationships with local specialist palliative care providers to improve and ensure timely access for patients and families and so that emergency staff have access to the knowledge and skills provided.

Keywords: emergency medicine, health law, medical law, advance care planning, palliative care, end of life decision-making, end of life care

JEL Classification: K32, I1

Suggested Citation

White, Ben and Lukin, WIlliam and Douglas, Carol, End-of-Life Decision-Making and Palliative Care (2020). Lukin, Bill, White, Benjamin P., & Douglas, Carol (2020) End-Of-Life Decision-Making and Palliative Care. In Cameron, Peter, Little, Mark, Mitra, Biswadev, & Deasy, Conor (Eds.) Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine [5th Ed.]. Elseiver, Sydney, N.S.W, pp. 653-656. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3454394

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WIlliam Lukin

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Carol Douglas

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