Journals Higher Education



Published: 24 May 2013

264 Pages

7 x 10 inches

ISBN: 9780199974559

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The Hastings Center Guidelines for Decisions on Life-Sustaining Treatment and Care Near the End of Life

Revised and Expanded Second Edition

Second Edition

Nancy Berlinger, Bruce Jennings, and Susan M. Wolf

  • Clarifies the current ethical and legal framework for treatment decision-making and end-of-life care in the U.S.
  • Structured for ease of reference
  • Provides comprehensive guidelines and commentary on pediatric and adult decision-making, with step-by-step processes and clear explanations
  • Offers recommendations and models for effective communication in care planning, decision-making, care transitions, and conflict management, as well as concerning specific interventions
  • Promotes clinician education and systemic improvements by describing the goals of good care for seriously ill patients and the skills, knowledge, and systems needed to support good care
  • Describes the social context of decision-making, helping professionals to understand how choices may be shaped by family, religion and culture, care settings, law, and financing
  • Includes unique perspectives from disability communities to promote better understanding of the experience of disability as a factor in treatment decision-making
  • Includes a discussion guide on resource allocation and the cost of care
  • Includes selected bibliography of more than 500 print and online resources

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