Practical Reviews

Decisions About End-of-Life Care May Contain Hidden Meanings

As a palliative care specialist, Dr Arnold has encountered several special circumstances regarding the decisions for a patient's end-of-life care. Here, he describes the importance of focusing on what the patient wants and deciphering what the family may actually be saying when they request that all possible life-prolonging measures be taken for the patient.  Patient Autonomy: At times, the family’s wishes for end-of-life care clash with those of the patient. As a clinician, I more...
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