This major new work updates and significantly expands The Hastings Center's 1987 Guidelines on the Termination of Life-Sustaining Treatment and Care of the Dying. Like its predecessor, this second edition will shape the ethical and legal framework for decision-making on treatment and end-of-life care in the United States.
This groundbreaking work incorporates 25 years of research and innovation in clinical care, law, and policy. It is written for physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals and is structured for easy reference in difficult clinical situations. It supports the work of clinical ethicists, ethics committee members, health lawyers, clinical educators, scholars, and policymakers. It includes extensive practical recommendations.
Health care reform places a new set of challenges on decision-making and care near the end of life. The Hastings Center Guidelines are an essential resource.
"This second edition proves to be a comprehensive and accessible resource for healthcare practitioners that is relevant in the context of the constantly evolving field of medicine."
-- Amanda Hine, MA (Saint Louis University) Doody's Review
Written for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, the book accomplishes its goals of providing in-depth ethical guidance for decision-making and improving care at the end of life. This edition not only focuses on patients' interests, but also expands its ethical lens to the wider community of families and loved ones.