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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
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    Recommended Literature

    American Medical Association. Public Opinion on Health Care Issues: 1997. Chicago, IL: American Medical Association; August, 1997.

    Brody H. Stories of Sickness. New York, NY: Yale University Press, 1987.

    Byock I. The nature of suffering and the nature of opportunity and the end of life. Clin Geriatr Med. 1996;12:237-252.

    Cancer Pain Relief and Palliative Care. Technical Report Series 804. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 1990.

    Cassel EJ. The nature of suffering and the goals of medicine. N Engl J Med. 1982;306:639-645.

    Christakis NA, Escarce JJ. Survival of Medicare patients after enrollment in hospice programs. N Engl J Med. 1996; 335:172-178.

    Covinsky KE, Goldman L, Cook EF, et al. The impact of serious illness on patients’ families. JAMA. 1994; 272:1839-1844.

    Emanuel EJ, Emanuel LL. The promise of a good death. Lancet. 1998;351(suppl 2):SII21-SII29.

    EPEC Project Web Site. Available at: http://www.ama-assn.org

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

    Field MJ, Cassel CK, eds. Approaching Death: Improving Care at the End of Life. Washington, DC: National Academy Press; 1997:31-32.

    Foley KM. Competent care for the dying instead of physician-assisted suicide. N Engl J Med. 1997; 336(1):54-8.

    The Gallup Organization. Knowledge and Attitudes Related to Hospice Care. Survey conducted for the National Hospice Organization. Princeton, NJ: The Gallup Organization; September 1996.

    Institute of Medicine. Approaching Death: Improving Care at the End of Life. Washington, DC: National Academy Press; 1997.

    National Hospice Helpline: 1-800-658-8898

    Portenoy RK, Thaler HT, Kornblith AB, et al. Symptom prevalence, characteristics and distress in a cancer population. Qual Life Res. 1994; 3:183-189.


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