AND PALLIATIVE CARE
A Practical Guide to Transforming Professional Practice
Kimberly D. Acquaviva
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In Chapter 5 we explored the concept and practice of shared decision making. While it may seem odd to place the chapter about setting goals of care after the chapter on shared decision making, this sequence is intentional. Your work with patients and families is not strictly linear or sequential — care planning and shared decision making occur contemporaneously; the two concepts are inextricably intertwined. However, having an understanding of shared decision making is foundational to understanding care planning and coordination.
None of the following information is intended to constitute legal advice, nor is it my intent to encourage you to provide legal advice to your patients and their families. The information in this chapter is designed to make you aware of some of the ethical and legal issues that LGBTQ individuals and their families may encounter so that you can provide support and guidance within the scope of your professional discipline. For a deeper dive into ethics as they relate to health care delivery, I highly recommend Beauchamp and Childress’s Principles of Biomedical Ethics (2013).