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11. On Thinking about an Advance Care Directive

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1. Title Title of document 11. On Thinking about an Advance Care Directive - Everyday Humanism
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Katrina Scott; United States
3. Subject Discipline(s) Philosophy; Religion
4. Subject Keyword(s) humanism; humanist ethics; contemporary ethical issues; healthcare chaplaincy
5. Subject Subject classification Humanist & secular alternatives to religion (HRQA)
6. Description Abstract In the United States, approximately half of all patients who die in the hospital are cared for in an ICU within three days of their death. Although how physicians approach decision-making when caring for critically ill patients is inadequately understood, the acknowledged reluctance of physicians to predict death, along with the complementary link between prognosis and therapy, adversely effect decision-making in patient care.Simply put, when given the ability to offer treatment even in “medically futile” cases, the majority of physicians will opt for end-stage therapy over comfort-only measures.The author explores the dilemna faced by many families trying to find their way through the process of choosing and implementing a legally binding advance care directive.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 25-Nov-2014
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.25881
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Everyday Humanism
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) United States; Western World,
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd