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Ethical Patient Care

A Casebook for Geriatric Health Care Teams

The delivery of good medical care often involves professionals from various disciplines working together. Interdisciplinary health care teams can be especially valuable in managing patients with complex medical and social needs, such as older persons in hospital, community, or home settings. Such teams, however, can also complicate or even create problems because of their diverse views and responsibilities. Ethical Patient Care: A Casebook for Geriatric Health Care Teams is designed to teach effective and responsible group decision making to clinicians working in teams to treat older patients.

The editors use the case study method to present ethical dilemmas that team members encounter in the management of geriatric patients. Patients with multiple chronic conditions so often require the care of more than one medical specialist, and in the introductory chapters the editors suggest ways to resolve conflicts among patients, health care professionals, and the institutions that support them, including hospitals, HMOs, insurance companies, and the government. The book is then divided into four sections, each dealing with one angle of the team-care picture. The first section treats the diverse ethical imperatives of various professionals, conflicts among disciplinary approaches, and and varying attitudes toward end-of-life- decision making. Section two focuses on the patient and covers patient confidentiality, family decisionmaking and interaction with the healthcare team, issues of patient and team nonadherence to the care plan, and elder abuse and neglect. Section three examines the emerging difficulties of decentralized health care in settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and the home, including clinician accountability and how ethical dilemmas differ across settings. Section four discusses the problems arising from the increasing responsibility of clinicians to manage costs and serve the interests of hospitals and insurers. Ethical Patient Care is a valuable resource for bioethicists, gerontologists, and the physicians, nurses, social workers, and therapists who care for aging persons.

About the Authors

Mathy D. Mezey, Ed.D., R.N., is Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing Education and Director of the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing Practice in the Division of Nursing at New York University. She and her coeditors directed efforts for the John A. Hartford Foundation's Geriatric Interdisciplinary Team Training (GITT) Program.

Reviews

"This is a wonderful addition to the libraries of both educators and clinicians. Its up-to-date examples of the complex issues involved in providing ethical geriatric care present thought-provoking educational material as well as guidance in providing interdisciplinary healthcare."—Doody's 3-Star Review

"This work is a must-read for geriatric health care team development. And it will be an essential, extremely useful addition to the bookshelf of anyone whose clinical practice or career focus is in geriatrics."—Bethel Ann Powers, Journal of Interprofessional Care

"This is a very readable book on ways in which interdisciplinary teams can interact efficiently. The authors offer excellent comments on how to resolve conflicts between team members . . . I strongly recommend this book to those who wish to learn more about how to create highly functional interdisciplinary teams."—John E. Morley, Health Progress

"This is a timely exploration of the ethical issues being encountered on a daily basis by geriatric practitioners. The combination of instructional chapters providing a theoretical framework with chapters outlining cases yields a very useful and practical text."—Beatrice M. Robbins, R.N., C.S.P., The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

"I know of no other volume that addresses the ethical issues raised by team care in such depth."—Peter V. Rabins, M.D., The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

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