Conclusion: Continuing Changes in Marriage and Family; Supporting Diverse Perspectives on End-of-Life Decision-Making

  • H. Russell SearightEmail author
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As is evident in the case of Mrs. Kim from Chap.  1, when confronted with serious illness, family relationships are a key element of patient decision-making. While clinicians, including the author, have encountered situations where the family and the patient are at odds with one another about optimal treatment, it is important that healthcare providers not necessarily assume that active family involvement is a type of corrupting influence on individual patient autonomy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLake Superior State UniversitySault Sainte MarieUSA

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