Ethics in End-of-Life Decisions in Social Work Practice (Paperback)
  • Ethics in End-of-Life Decisions in Social Work Practice (Paperback)

Ethics in End-of-Life Decisions in Social Work Practice (Paperback)

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Paperback 280 Pages / Published: 01/06/2006
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Modern medical technologies have given patients and their families new options at the end of life. These options are often accompanied by difficult medical and ethical questions. Ellen L. Csikai and Elizabeth Chaitin give social workers an expanded ethical base on which to ground their understandings and explanations of the end-of-life options available to patients and workers in healthcare environments. The authors connect long-standing philosophical theories to contemporary concerns in the field of bioethics. In addition to theoretical issues, the authors include case studies to show the complex end-of-life decisions faced by patients, families, and health care workers. In order to help make these decisions, Csikai and Chaitin discuss how to assess knowledge; create treatment and intervention plans; and cultivate empowerment, teamwork, and cultural sensitivity. The authors, experienced social workers, offer approaches for resolving debates about informed consent, privacy and confidentiality, and the refusal or denial of medical treatment. The authors offer both ethical and practical methods for dealing with the potentially charged decisions and negotiations between patients, families, and healthcare workers. Unlike other books that focus entirely on the moral consequences and concerns at the end of life, Ethics in End-of-Life Decisions in Social Work Practice combines moral understanding and analysis with a practical and active approach.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780190615741
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 217 x 143 x 15 mm

Ellen L. Csikai and Elizabeth Chaitin's Ethics of End-of-Life Decisions in Social Work Practice is a book that merits a spot on the shelf not simply because it is an important addition to the social work oeuvre, but because it offers practical and essential guidance for social workers and other providers working amidst the increasing ethical complexity of end-of-life care." - Philip C. Higgins, Journal of Palliative Medicine
The skillful introduction of complex case materials to illustrate key points throughout the book makes this a particularly valuable resource for professionals involved in end-of-life practice . The book is an excellent resource for students, faculty teaching material on ethics, and practitioners in the field." - Janna C. Heyman, Fordham University

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