End-of-Life Communication in the ICU

A Global Perspective

Editors: Crippen, David W. (Ed.)

  • An important work that will be essential reading for healthcare practitioners who work in differing cultural contexts
  • Provides solutions to discussing options when the outcome is uncertain
  • Highly informative treatment of the way that different cultures view death
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About this book

Advances in technology have led to a global network of physicians in which information, data, and practices can be openly shared to help ensure high-quality care. End-of-Life Communication in the ICU is a manifestation of this belief that a multiplicity of perspectives can assist in the decision-making process. The book, with contributions from a diverse group of leaders in the international ICU community, examines how different cultures view death and explores how healthcare providers around the world communicate to patients and family members such sensitive issues as withholding or withdrawing life support and discussing options when the outcome is uncertain. Intensivists and other members of the intensive care unit will benefit greatly from this thoughtful dialogue about the emotional, ethical, and legal complexities of making end-of-life decisions.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"This is multiauthored collection of perspectives on medical futility, its communication, and its management in the critical care setting. … Senior staff, fellows, and residents at all levels are an appropriate audience for this work which originates from a multinational set of authors with an interest in end-of-life care." (David J. Dries, Doody's Review Service, February, 2008)

"The book chronicles a wide range of views from practitioners, ethicists, historians, scientists, health care administrators, and consumers from around the world and examines how these interactions affect global health care delivery. The book is loosely organized into brief chapters that capture multinational perspectives on end-of-life care, resource management in critical care, and ethics. … offers the reader a cultural tour of end-of-life communication practices through the eyes of frontline practitioners." (Elaine C. Meyer, JAMA, October, 2008)


Table of contents (3 chapters)

  • Death in a Lonely Place: Pathophysiology of the Dying Patient

    Mike Darwin, Phil Hopkins

    Pages 45-64

  • The History of the Definition(s)of Death: From the 18th Century to the 20th Century

    Leslie M. Whetstine

    Pages 65-78

  • The Role of Ethics Committees in End-of-Life Care

    Dan R. Thompson

    Pages 114-120

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-0-387-72966-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-387-72965-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $119.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4419-2502-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
End-of-Life Communication in the ICU
Book Subtitle
A Global Perspective
Editors
  • David W. Crippen
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-72966-4
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-72966-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-72965-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-2502-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 180
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations
Topics