Monday, May 13, 2013

Hastings Updates Guidelines on End-of-Life Decision-Making


Hastings Center has updated a resource to help medical professionals, patients and families with conversations and other aspects of decision-making in end-of-life care.
“The book is designed for practical use in hospitals, nursing homes, community health settings, or anywhere that professionals, patients, and loved ones need to discuss a patient’s values and preferences concerning different options for treatment and care,” says Nancy Berlinger, Hastings Center research scholar and co-author of the guidelines with Bruce Jennings, director of bioethics at the Center for Humans and Nature, and Susan M. Wolf, professor of law, medicine & public policy at the University of Minnesota.
“The guidelines offer a reliable framework for these discussions, and for education, policy-making, and redesign of care. They also encourage health care leaders and administrators to support better outcomes for patients by building more effective forms of care delivery and integrating care near the end of life into organizational safety and improvement initiatives.”
See more on the guidelines here.
And Hastings Center president Mildred Solomon’s description here



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