As physical therapists and other health care providers know all too well, people with terminal illnesses and their caregivers often are confused and conflicted over how to make good decisions, which affects their quality of life, health care costs, and family stress levels. The Hastings Center has updated and expanded its landmark 1987 consensus guidelines for ethical care of terminally ill patients, incorporating innovations and research over the past 26 years.
New or revised topics in the updated edition include issues specific to patients with disabilities; decision-making for and about children near the end of life; recent evidence regarding brain injuries and neurological states; palliative sedation; and the role cost plays as an ethical issue in health care decision-making.
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