End of Life Decision Making and Palliative Care

In Cameron, Peter, Jelinek, George, Kelly, Anne-Maree, Brown, Anthony, & Little, Mark (Eds.) Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine, 4th Edition. Churchill Livingstone, Sydney, pp. 727-731, 2014

Posted: 19 Jul 2016

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WIlliam Lukin

Queensland Health

Sandra Neate

Independent

Ben White

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law

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Date Written: 2014

Abstract

1. An emergency department attendance represents an opportunity to set goals for care during the attendance and beyond.

2. End of life discussions and advance care planning assist early decision-making about treatment goals and end of life care.

3. Knowledge of the law assists decision-making at the end of life.

4. Not all dying patients require the skill set of a palliative care specialist but every dying patient will benefit from a palliative approach.

5. Palliative care does not preclude active treatment where the intent is understood by patient and family.

6. Failure to diagnose dying can compromise patient care.

7. The emergency department should foster close relationships with local specialist palliative care providers to improve and ensure timely access for patients and families and so that emergency staff have access to the knowledge and skills provided.

Keywords: Emergency medicine, Palliative care, End of life decision-making, Health law, Medical law

Suggested Citation

Lukin, WIlliam and Neate, Sandra and White, Ben, End of Life Decision Making and Palliative Care (2014). In Cameron, Peter, Jelinek, George, Kelly, Anne-Maree, Brown, Anthony, & Little, Mark (Eds.) Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine, 4th Edition. Churchill Livingstone, Sydney, pp. 727-731, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2808867

WIlliam Lukin

Queensland Health ( email )

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Sandra Neate

Independent ( email )

Ben White (Contact Author)

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law ( email )

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2 George St
Brisbane, QLD 4000
Australia

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