This piece focuses on improving approaches to irreversible illness in patients. The author highlights the different issues facing people with irreversible illnesses, which include dilemmas concerning whether to conceal an illness as well as questioning the length of the illness. The piece presents a case study of a mother who dealt with an irreversible illness and the respective roles the caseworker and physician played in the process. The piece concludes by advocating for certain practices in situations when patients are informed of their illness which include full information about the severity of the illness and that the information be based on knowledge of the individual in terms of what they can and cannot endure. The piece also emphasizes the importance of professional principles in dealing with situations concerning patients with irreversible illnesses.
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Cooper, Evelyn F. A Constructive Approach to Irreversible Illness. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1959: