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Caring for Patients at the End of LifeFacing an Uncertain Future Together$
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Timothy Quill

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195139402

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139402.001.0001

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Humanistic End-of-Life Care

Humanistic End-of-Life Care

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(p.16) 2 Humanistic End-of-Life Care
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Caring for Patients at the End of Life
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Timothy E. Quill (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139402.003.0003

This chapter examines the humanistic aspects of end-of-life care. The case of the Reverend and Mrs. M. illustrate how overly simplistic notions of humanism and ethics will not easily withstand the realities that patients and their families face. The chapter suggests that putting a humanistic approach into practice in the modern medical environment requires a combination of competencies in multiple medical domains, as well as relationship-centered skills and values.

Keywords:   end of life, humanism, ethics, patients, families, multiple competencies, relationship-centered skills

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