Advance Care Planning: Communicating About Matters of Life and Death

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Advance Care Planning: Communicating About Matters of Life and Death Sociology
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Rogne (sociology, Minnesota State U., Mankato) and McCune, a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Antioch U. Seattle who has served as a hospice volunteer and employee, bring together palliative care physicians, nurses, social workers, grief counselors, educators, lawyers, psychologists, sociologists, and medical ethicists from the US, Canada, and Europe for 21 chapters meant to help facilitate communication and decision-making between individuals and professionals about medical care at the end of life. They consider the current state of advance care planning and paths toward a more effective approach to death education and end-of-life care, discussing the history of advanced directives and their use in end-of-life planning and care; current challenges, including resistance to talking about death and dying, legal and ethical issues, the problem of overtreatment, and cultural and spiritual considerations; methods and practices to facilitate conversations, including an interdisciplinary relational model of care, considerations for talking to older adults, using stories and mobiles, and writing one's own advanced directive; specific initiatives; and the kind of ethical view, leadership philosophy, and community development orientation needed to undertake the cultural transformation necessary for a new way to deal with death, dying, loss, and care. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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