End of Life Decision Making and Palliative Care

William, Lukin, Sandra, Neate, & White, Benjamin P. (2014) End of Life Decision Making and Palliative Care. In Cameron, Peter, Jelinek, George, Kelly, Anne-Maree, Brown, Anthony, & Little, Mark (Eds.) Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine, 4th Edition. Churchill Livingstone, Sydney, pp. 727-731.

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Abstract

  1. An emergency department attendance represents an opportunity to set goals for care during the attendance and beyond.
  2. End of life discussions and advance care planning assist early decision-making about treatment goals and end of life care.
  3. Knowledge of the law assists decision-making at the end of life.
  4. Not all dying patients require the skill set of a palliative care specialist but every dying patient will benefit from a palliative approach.
  5. Palliative care does not preclude active treatment where the intent is understood by patient and family.
  6. Failure to diagnose dying can compromise patient care.
  7. The emergency department should foster close relationships with local specialist palliative care providers to improve and ensure timely access for patients and families and so that emergency staff have access to the knowledge and skills provided.

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ID Code: 73624
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Emergency medicine, Palliative care, End of life decision-making, Health law, Medical law
ISBN: 9780702053351
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Emergency Medicine (110305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law not elsewhere classified (180199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > APPLIED ETHICS (220100) > Medical Ethics (220106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Elsevier Ltd.
Deposited On: 10 Jul 2014 00:26
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2016 05:46

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