Advance Care Planning Communicating about Matters of Life and Death

ISBN-10: 0826110215
ISBN-13: 9780826110213
Edition: 2013
Description: While advance directives hold a great deal of promise for ensuring self-determination and quality of life near its end, the majority of Americans face life-threatening illness without having completed effective advance care planning.. This volume  More...
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Copyright Year: 2013
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

While advance directives hold a great deal of promise for ensuring self-determination and quality of life near its end, the majority of Americans face life-threatening illness without having completed effective advance care planning.. This volume recounts the history of advance directives, chronicling the evolution of an approach that initially focused on completing forms, to one that now emphasizes more comprehensive strategies for facilitating conversations about end-of-life care and planning for dying and death. It provides helpful strategies for initiating and guiding discussions among providers, patients, and their loved ones, easing the burdens of uncertainty, and improving the efficacy of surrogate decision making near the end of life.Scholars and practitioners from a variety of disciplines provide a well-rounded view of the history and challenges of advance directives. Authors include palliative care physicians, nurses, social workers, grief counselors, educators, lawyers, psychologists, sociologists, and medical ethicists. The book shares successful strategies on how effective advance care planning can provide smoother transitions at the end of life and ensure better quality of living before death. It incorporates effective multidisciplinary, relationship-based models of advance care planning along with multidisciplinary perspectives to help caregiving professionals initiate conversations and disseminate relevant information to patients and their loved ones and advocates. Case studies illustrate the importance of, challenges with, and prospects for advance directives and advance care planning. The book addresses common barriers to advance care planning and offers ways to overcome them, as well as detailing public health, legal, and comprehensive community planning approaches to change how our current American society deals with dying, death, and end-of-life care. Key Features:Introduces a multidisciplinary, pragmatic approach to advance care planning Addresses strategies to reform advance care planning Presents case studies illustrating the importance, benefits, and challenges of advance directives Features successful initiatives in advance care planning and new directions that shift community practice related to dying, death, and end-of-life care. Includes the contributions of physicians, grief counselors, medical ethicists, social workers, psychologists, medical ethicists, lawyers, nurses, educators, and others

Introduction: A Matter of Life and Death
Advance Care Planning: Promise and Challenge
Planning for End-of-Life Care: Where Are We and How Did We Get Here?
Advance Care Planning: Focus on Communication and Care Planning Rather Than on Building the Perfect Forms
Barriers to Advance Care Planning: A Sociological Perspective
Advance Medical Care Planning: The Legal Environment
Advance Care Planning and the Problem of Overtreatment
Religion, Spirituality, and Culture in Advance Care Planning
Best Practices for Communicating About End-of-Life Care
It Ain't Easy: Making Life and Death Decisions Before the Crisis
Advance Care Planning: Considerations for Practice With Older Adults
Worlds of Connection: Applying an Interdisciplinary Relational Model of Care� to Communication About End of Life
Conversations That Matter: Stories and Mobiles
Advance Care Planning and Nursing Home Residents and Families: Lessons Inspired by TV Game Shows
Watch Over Me�: Therapeutic Conversations in Advanced Dementia
On Writing One's Own Advance Directive
Implementing Advance Care Planning: Model Programs
Respecting Choices�: An Evidence-Based Advance Care Planning Program With Proven Success and Replication
The Take Charge Partnership "Just Talk(s) About It": A Model for Sustained Grassroots Activism
The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California
Passion, Persistence, and Pennies
Systems Level Change: Charting a New Path for Dying, Death, and End-Of-Life Care
Does the Nation's Survival Depend on a New End-of-Life Conversation?
Inspiring Improvement and Leading Change in End-of-Life Care
Advance Care Planning as a Public Health Issue
Selected Resources on Advance Care Planning and End-of-Life Care

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