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Caring for Patients at the End of Life: Facing an Uncertain Future Together

Timothy Quill


In this book, the author uses his wide range of clinical experience caring for severely ill patients and their families to illustrate the challenges and potential of end-of-life care. Section One utilizes the near-death experiences of two patients to explore values underlying medical humanism, and then presents the case of “Diane” to explore the fundamental clinical commitments of partnership and non-abandonment. Section Two explores, illustrates, and provides practical guidance for clinicians, patients, and families about critical communication issues including delivering bad news, discussing ... More

Keywords: clinical experience, near-death experience, patients, values, medical humanism, partnership, non-abandonment, clinicians, bad news, palliative care

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195139402
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139402.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Quill, author
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, USA
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