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  • Introduction
  • 1. Advance Care Planning
  • 2. Communicating Bad News
  • 3. Whole Patient Assessment
  • 4. Pain Management
  • 5. Assisted Suicide Debate
  • 6. Anxiety, Delirium
  • 7. Goals of Care
  • 8. Sudden Illness
  • 9. Medical Futility
  • 10. Common Symptoms
  • 11. Withholding Treatment
  • 12. Last Hours of Living
  • 13. Cultural Issues
  • 14. Religion, Spirituality
  • 15. Legal Issues
  • 16. Social and Psychological
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    Recommended Literature
    Downloadable Documents and Worksheets

    Recommended Literature

    Aid to Capacity Evaluation (ACE). University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics Web site. Available at: www.utoronto.ca/jcb/ace.htm. Accessed December 21, 1998.

    Appelbaum PS, Lidz CW, Meisel A. Informed Consent: Legal Theory and Clinical Practice. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 1987.

    Ferris FD, Cummings I. Palliative Care: Towards a Consensus in Standardized Principles of Practice. Ottawa, Ontario: Canadian Palliative Care Association; 1995.

    Lynn J. An 88-year-old woman facing the end of life. JAMA. 1997;277:1633-1640.

    Standards and Accreditation Committee Medical Guidelines Task Force. Medical Guidelines for Determining Prognosis in Selected Non-cancer Diseases. 2nd ed. Arlington, VA: The National Hospice Organization; 1996.

    Task Force on Palliative Care, Last Acts Campaign, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Precepts of palliative care. J Pall Med. 1998;1:109-112.

    The SUPPORT Principal Investigators. A controlled trial to improve care for seriously ill hospitalized patients: The Study to Understand Prognoses and Preferences for Outcomes and Risks of Treatments (SUPPORT). JAMA. 1995;274:1591-1598.


    Downloadable Documents and Worksheets