Social work and end-of-life care

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American audio case study on advance care planning for end-of-life care

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You might find this audio case study of advance care planning for end-of-life care in the USA useful. It is about Michele Tripi and her husband: she has multiple sclerosis (technical term: ALS, although really this covers a range of conditions; it also mentions Lou Gehrig’s disease; this is a popular American term for multiple sclerosis;  Gehrig was a sports star who had the condition and brought it to public notice). It covers some of the worries about making advance decisions to refuse medical treatment and what might go wrong.

Link to the audio case study.

It also provides useful links to the American Bar Association website on ageing and the law with a series of toolkits on making decisions in the US, and useful guidelines from Cedars-Sinai, a well-regarded US non-profit healthcare service.

My next post looks more broadly at advance care planning and has links to British guidance.

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Written by Malcolm Payne

24 January 2013 at 11:06 am

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