Collaboration: A tool addressing ethical issues for elderly patients near the end of life in intensive care units
The purpose of this article is to propose that collaboration is a valuable way to address ethical issues associated with the treatment of elderly patients near the end of life in intensive care units (ICUs). Collaboration among health care providers and with patients and their families has been called “an ethical responsibility of the highest priority” (Levine, 1989, p. 5). This responsibility is particularly critical in intensive care units (ICUs) and in making decisions associated with the end of life.
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