Integrating patients' nonmedical status in end-of-life decision making: structuring communication through 'conferencing'.

@article{Sorensen2006IntegratingPN,
  title={Integrating patients' nonmedical status in end-of-life decision making: structuring communication through 'conferencing'.},
  author={Roslyn J Sorensen and Rick Iedema},
  journal={Communication & medicine},
  year={2006},
  volume={3 2},
  pages={185-96}
}
This paper considers the nonmedical status of patients in end-of-life decisions. Considering nonmedical factors is not yet routine, particularly in decisions to withhold or withdraw treatment. The paper advocates that non-medical factors-the capacity and willingness to withstand continuing treatment-are essential to ensure that decisions taken are in the patient's best interest. We argue that including this dimension of patient care not commonly considered gives balance to decisions about… CONTINUE READING

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