SpringerBriefs in Ethics

The Skill of End-of-Life Communication for Clinicians

Getting to the Root of the Ethical Dilemma

Authors: Benton, Kathleen

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  • Provides a set of skills for physicians, nurses, social workers and allied professionals covering end-of-life communication that is similar across the disciplines
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  • The only book dealing with implementation of a proactive communication, ethical perspective to include advance care planning in practice 
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  • Brings together an interdisciplinary perspective to the end-of-life discussion
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About this book

With a focus on end-of-life discussion in aging and chronically ill populations, this book offers insight into the skill of communicating in complex and emotionally charged discussions. This text is written for all clinicians and professionals in the fields of healthcare and public health who are faced with questions of ethical deliberation when a patient’s illness turns from chronic to terminal. This skill is required to manage care well in an age of advanced technology, and numerous autonomous choices. With a palliative care and ethics focus, the manuscript provides case studies illustrating issues which occur in the acuity and chronicity of end of life. Clear tools for clinicians, such as scripting and “the advance care planning video library" are included. The book focuses on the unique concept of outpatient ethics, including readmission prevention and shortened length of stay through good communication for clinicians who will be required to conduct this discussion with patients. The ethical undertone in this text provides a perfect opening for application in healthcare ethics classes, both in fields of public health and healthcare. Medical scholars and physicians, nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants, as well as social workers, both in practice and training, will benefit from this text.

About the authors

Kathleen Benton is the director of Clinical Ethics and Palliative Care at a local hospital in Savannah. Georgia. She is heavily involved in the region through volunteer advisory board roles and professorships at Armstrong State University and the Mercer University Medical School. Dr. Benton has a master’s degree in medical ethics and a doctorate in public health. She has authored and reviewed many publications relevant to the topics of palliative care, ethics, hospice, and communication. Her first publication, a children’s book entitled Daniel’s World: A Book about Children with Disabilities, is the closest to heart. She lives her vocation, passionate about helping families through ethical decision-making processes. She resides in Savannah with her husband, Rex, and her three children, Julia Grace, Jack, and Andrew. 

Reviews

“This book presents a personal account of the death of a family member to illustrate perceived communication deficits in planning and prioritizing care for a patient with chronic, progressive illness. … The book is written for those in medical school and advanced allied professional school.” (Michele S. Loos, Doody's Book Reviews, September, 2017)


Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Skill of End-of-Life Communication for Clinicians
Book Subtitle
Getting to the Root of the Ethical Dilemma
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Ethics
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-60444-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-60444-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-60443-5
Series ISSN
2211-8101
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 81
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