Psychosocial Issues Near the End of Life: A Resource for Professional Care Providers
For individuals in the U.S. & U.S. territories
Although numerous books have been written on the physical and practical aspects of providing services to people who are dying, relatively little has been written on the psychological, spiritual, and interpersonal issues that arise. Until now, psychologists and mental health professionals who work with the dying and their loved ones have had no resource to guide them toward empirically supported practices that can improve quality of life. This book fills that gap.
Improving quality of care requires an interdisciplinary approach, and the contributors to this volume bring multiple perspectives to bear on the topic. Chapter authors from both research and clinical perspectives cover how the end-of-life environment has changed over time; the kinds of decisions that need to be made; the role of psychologists in end-of-life care; cross-cultural considerations; assessment; legal issues; practical caregiving; misinformation about depression and hopelessness; and the respective roles of caregivers and hospices. The final chapter by the editors lays out a blueprint for future research, care, education and policy.
This book provides a model for the important role that psychologists can play in ensuring that end-of-life care balances physical care with psychosocial and spiritual care.
Foreword: Transforming Dying in America
—Karen Orloff Kaplan
—James L. Werth Jr. and Dean Blevins
- Understanding the End of Life: An Overview
—Judith M. Stillion
- The Effects of Culture in End-of-Life Situations
—Dean Blevins and Danai Papadatou
- Ethical Considerations in Providing Psychological Services in End-of-Life Care
—James L. Werth Jr. and Phillip M. Kleespies
- Self-Determination, Substituted Judgment, and the Psychology of Advance Medical Decision Making
—Peter H. Ditto
- End-of-Life Assessment Within a Holistic Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Framework
—Kevin P. Kaut
- Mental Health Issues Near the End of Life
—Christopher A. Gibson, William Breitbart, Alexis Tomarken, Anne Kosinski, and Christian J. Nelson
- Depression and Hopelessness Near the End of Life: Assessment and Treatment
—Barry Rosenfeld, Jennifer Abbey, and Hayley Pessin
- Responding to the Needs of Caregivers Near the End of Life: Enhancing Benefits and Minimizing Burdens
—Rebecca S. Allen, William E. Haley, Lucinda L. Roff, Bettina Schmid, and Elizabeth J. Bergman
- Involvement of Psychologists in Psychosocial Aspects of Hospice and End-of-Life Care
—Stephen R, Connor, Jeffrey Lycan, and J. Donald Schumacher
- Recommendations to Improve Psychosocial Care Near the End of Life
—Dean Blevins and James L. Werth Jr.
About the Editors