Medical Ethics and Meaning at End of Life

by Richard George Boudreau



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/2/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 252
ISBN : 9781665713719
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 252
ISBN : 9781665707435
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 252
ISBN : 9781665713702

About the Book

End-of-life issues, including fear of dying, have been recognized as a factor hindering psychosocial functioning in elderly populations.

As people age, many focus with increasing intensity on the issues they face as elderly members of society and as people facing end-of-life decision-making. The inevitability of death does not detract from the onset of death anxiety.

An emerging strategy is the use of existential philosophical principles in the creation of an operational psychoanalytic praxis. Because end-of-life issues often result in the desire by individuals to confront their existence (existential philosophy), the application of an existential psychotherapeutic approach has been introduced as a part of existing research.

This has led to the identification of “death fear” as a major development in the presence of end-of-life assessments. An operational psychoanalytic model that addresses the issue of the fear of death is a major development.

The underlying belief shared by researchers is that fear is inherent for both doctors and patients and requires understanding and compassion on both sides of the equation. This research study is designed to assess the models or psychoanalytical praxes introduced when addressing the needs of elderly individuals and to evaluate both the historical context in which they were formed and the support mechanisms for their continuation.

About the Author

Richard George Boudreau is a maxillofacial surgeon, bioethicist, attorney at law, and forensic expert who serves on the faculty of the U.C.L.A. Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He has earned numerous academic credentials, holds several fellowships, and enjoys analyzing challenging bioethical issues. He volunteers as a teacher and is passionate about health care, law, theology, philosophy, education, and public policy. He serves on the editorial board of several scholarly peer-reviewed journals, and is a regular bioethics contributor to several magazines, newspapers, and media. He is the author of several other books focusing on bioethics, medicine, and end-of-life care.