When Hanging on at All Costs is the Only Option

  • Laura Walther-Broussard Department of Social Work, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA
  • Tiffany Meyer Department of Social Work, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA
  • Nico Nortjé Department of Critical Care, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA; Department of Dietetics, University of the Western Cape, South Africa; Centre for Health Care Ethics, Thunder Bay, Canada https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3660-2762
Keywords: Chinese Immigrants, decision-making, Goals of Care

Abstract

Having hope that a terminally ill patient may recover is not an unfamiliar sight in intensive care units across the globe. However, cultural heritage may make it even tougher. This fictional case study, which is a collection of years of experience, addresses decision-making within the Chinese Immigrant culture and focusses on how this may influence the care team. A new initiative, the Goals of Care (GOC) team, is also described.

Published
2021-06-01
How to Cite
[1]
Walther-Broussard L, Meyer T, Nortjé N. When Hanging on at All Costs is the Only Option. Can. J. Bioeth. 2021;4:119-21. https://doi.org/10.7202/1077641ar.
Section
Case studies