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[ecrea] new book: Communicating Care at the End of Life

Tue Apr 21 16:42:38 GMT 2015

*Title:* Communicating Care at the End of Life

*Publisher*: Peter Lang Inc.

*Author:* Carey Candrian, PhD (University of Colorado School of Medicine)

While health care at the end of life is changing, the language for
talking about treatment options and patient preferences around the end
of life is taking longer to change. This book carefully details the way
language shapes decisions around end-of-life care. Using ethnographic
research from two sites that offer emergency care and end-of-life care—a
hospice and an emergency department—the author illustrates common themes
around language use that serve as microcosms of the larger healthcare
system. The sites have different purposes for providing care, yet the
themes from both serve as guidance and reflection for other areas of
caregiving. The book is about caring for each other throughout life, and
especially at the end of life.

The language used to talk about death holds consequences and
opportunities for understanding and making decisions about care
practices. This book uses personal stories and perspectives from
patients, family members, and medical workers to paint a picture of some
of the issues and tensions individuals and caregivers face. With an
aging population—one that represents a major public health challenge in
the twenty-first century—Carey Candrian argues that examining the care
we provide for individuals, especially aging individuals, is fundamental
to creating a developed, ethical, and engaged society.

Carey Candrian (Ph.D., University of Colorado) is an assistant professor
at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Her work has appeared
in An Integrated Approach to Communication Theory and Research, Journal
of Internal Medicine, Human Relations, Health Communication, Journal of
Health Communication, and Sage Cases in Methodology.

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