Volume 23, Number 3, Fall 2012


“Stories and the Longitudinal Patient Relationship: What Can Clinical Ethics Consultants Learn from Palliative Care?”

Wynne Morrison and Sabrina F. Derrington

The Journal of Clinical Ethics 23, no. 3 (Fall 2012): 224-230.


A case of conflict in pediatric end-of-life decision making is presented to compare the complementary roles of clinical ethics consultants and palliative care specialists. The progression of the case illustrates the differing structures, goals, and methods of the majority of such teams. The strengths of each of consultation are emphasized. Particularly in centers where palliative care services are not available, it can be important for careproviders and clinical ethics consultants to focus on alliance-building and a longitudinal relationship with patients and families.


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