End-of-life algorithms

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Abstract

Tools and strategies for eliciting patient preferences for end-of-life care are often absent, of poor quality, or ignored. The American Medical Association's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs has proposed new guidelines for the "optimal use" of advance directives. The guidelines urge the use of detailed work sheets in "tailoring end-of-life care to patients' preferences" and suggest a process to be followed by physicians in educating patients about death and dying. However, these well-intentioned guidelines face 3 key obstacles: the negative consequences of "ritualizing" end-of-life planning, physicians' inclination to disdain and to delegate to others communication about end-of-life preferences, and the tardiness of medical pedagogy in emphasizing end-of-life care and communication as crucial for the success of future physicians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)719-727
Number of pages9
JournalPsychology, Public Policy, and Law
Volume4
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 1998

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Terminal Care
Patient Preference
physician
Guidelines
Physicians
life planning
Communication
Advance Directives
medical association
communication
American Medical Association
dying
Teaching
death

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End-of-life algorithms. / Goodman, Kenneth.

In: Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, Vol. 4, No. 3, 01.09.1998, p. 719-727.

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