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Book and Media Reviews
October 8, 2008

End-of-Life Communication in the ICU: A Global Perspective

JAMA. 2008;300(14):1704-1705. doi:10.1001/jama.300.14.1704

End-of-Life Communication in the ICU: A Global Perspective is the creative brainchild of David W. Crippen, with contributions from the Critical Care Medicine-List, an Internet community of intensive care practitioners. Dr Crippen queried members of the global medical village about communication issues that impact treatment care plans for patients at the end of life in intensive care units. The book chronicles a wide range of views from practitioners, ethicists, historians, scientists, health care administrators, and consumers from around the world and examines how these interactions affect global health care delivery. The book is loosely organized into brief chapters that capture multinational perspectives on end-of-life care, resource management in critical care, and ethics. Chapters vary considerably in their writing style, degree of scholarship, and focus on communication.