Book Review, Bioethics Mediation: A Guide to Shaping Shared Solutions

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Dispute Resolution

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This book provides a theoretical framework for understanding how mediation can be used effectively to resolve bioethics conflicts, as well as a concise, practical guide to basic mediation skills that are adapted for health care settings. It focuses on conflicts involving typical ethical tensions and issues in the doctor-patient relationship, such as appropriate care at the end of life, choices between aggressive and palliative treatment, refusals of treatment by competent patients, and truth-telling by health caregivers. The mediation skills and techniques described in the book can readily be applied to other problems and potential conflicts in a health care setting. The book provides a wealth of insights and tools that can be used to resolve cases after they have reached the point of conflict. In addition, its lessons and skills can be equally well applied by everyone involved in health care settings to promote active problem-solving and the effective management of hard cases before conflict arises.

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Charity Scott, Book Review, 11 Disp. Resol. 23 (2004) (reviewing Nancy N. Dubler & Carol B. Liebman, Bioethics Mediation: A Guide to Shaping Shared Solutions (2004)).

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