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Advance Directives from a Social Work Perspective: Influence of Culture and Family Dynamics 

Advance Directives from a Social Work Perspective: Influence of Culture and Family Dynamics
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Advance Directives from a Social Work Perspective: Influence of Culture and Family Dynamics
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Karen Bullock

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10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0069
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date: 17 October 2017

This textbook on palliative social work is a companion volume to the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine and the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. To that end, this chapter will accomplish the following:

Advances in medical technology have raised complex practice issues for social workers in palliative and end-of-life care.

It is important to understand the ethical, moral, and legal aspects of caring for patients with serious and terminal illnesses.

Advance care planning is a process in which treatment preferences are made known through the use of advance directives.

Advance directives are oral or written instructions that are invoked when patients lack the capacity to make their own decisions about medical care.

Understanding culture and family dynamics as the cornerstone of effective advance care planning allows practitioners to provide care infused with dignity and respect and consistent with patient and family wishes.

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