Refusing Cancer Medications to Avoid Delirium and Maintain Autonomy
By Kimberly Petrovic, PhD MSN MA RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing, SCSU
Thomas O. Blank, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Human Development and Family Studies, UConn
Shared decision-making within the patient-provider relationship is considered a cornerstone of the contemporary treatment of cancer here in Connecticut as well as nationally. It will be the focus of the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Connecticut Cancer Partnership. The relationship between patient and provider is critical and needs to develop and grow without diminishing the ultimate goals of cancer treatment: cure (whenever possible) and comfort (as much as possible). At the same time, the effective management of pain experienced by patients with cancer may limit one’s mental capacities at a time when maximum autonomy and shared decision-making are needed most.
Read the full Refusing Cancer Meds brief here….