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ERIC Number: EJ767145
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 32
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
"'Cause Someday We All Die": Rhetoric, Agency, and the Case of the "Patient" Preferences Worksheet
Keranen, Lisa
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v93 n2 p179-210 May 2007
"Code status" is a prominent feature of end-of-life discussions in U.S. hospitals. This essay analyzes how the rhetoric of code status articulates the terms of end-of-life decision-making in one hospital's "Patient" Preferences Worksheet. The Worksheet signifies the abandonment of the technological fix as the preferred treatment for moribund patients and the transformation of a previously private moment into a matter of institutional control. Examining the Worksheet's interlocking institutional, technical, and vernacular deathbed rhetoric challenges the dominant bioethical discourse of patient autonomy and suggests a need to supplement this procedurally rational discourse with one of relational integrity. (Contains 1 figure and 112 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States