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Hospice Ethics: Policy and Practice in Palliative Care

Timothy W. Kirk and Bruce Jennings


This book identifies and explores ethical themes in the structure and delivery of hospice care in the United States. As the fastest growing sector in the US health care system, in which over 40% of patients who die each year receive care in their final weeks of life, hospice care presents complex ethical opportunities and challenges for patients, families, clinicians, and administrators. This book offers guidance and analysis that promotes best ethical practice for hospice organizations and professionals. The book addresses common questions and issues faced by those who work in hospice care, a ... More

Keywords: ethics, ethics committees, hospice, hospice care, hospice ethics, long-term care, pediatric, terminal illness, US health care

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199944941
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199944941.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy W. Kirk, editor
City University of New York

Bruce Jennings, editor
Center for Humans and Nature

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Front Matter


Timothy W. Kirk and Bruce Jennings

Section I Hospice: The Emergence of a Philosophy of Care

Section II The Interdisciplinary Team: Ethical Opportunities and Challenges

Section III Organizational and Policy Ethics in Hospice

Chapter 12 Ethics Committees for Hospice

Jennifer Ballentine and Pamela Dalinis

Section IV Ethics and the Future of Hospice

End Matter