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Chapter 4: Ethical Issues in Communications at the End of Life: A View from the Trenches

Richard Cohen’s chapter further deals with the complexity of communication. For informed consent, it is essential that patients understand the factors relevant to their condition. Yet, as Cohen notes, insensitive communication, “truth-dumping” in Cohen’s words, can overwhelm a patient’s ability to cope. Cohen echoes Jennings’s call for a balance between beneficence and autonomy.

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