End-of-Life Communication in the ICU

A Global Perspective

  • David W. Crippen

About this book

Introduction

Advances in technology have led to a global network of physicians in which information, data, and practices can be openly shared to help ensure high-quality care. End-of-Life Communication in the ICU is a manifestation of this belief that a multiplicity of perspectives can assist in the decision-making process. The book, with contributions from a diverse group of leaders in the international ICU community, examines how different cultures view death and explores how healthcare providers around the world communicate to patients and family members such sensitive issues as withholding or withdrawing life support and discussing options when the outcome is uncertain. Intensivists and other members of the intensive care unit will benefit greatly from this thoughtful dialogue about the emotional, ethical, and legal complexities of making end-of-life decisions.

Keywords

care critical care intensive care physiology stress

Editors and affiliations

  • David W. Crippen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Pittsburgh Medical CenterPittsburghUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-72966-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-72965-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-72966-4
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