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Sociology of Law: Speaking for the Dying

May 2020

From The American Sociological Association:

In this article, sociologist Susan P. Shapiro presents her research on the role of families in making end-of-life medical decisions on behalf of loved ones who lack the capacity to make them themselves. Drawing on extensive observations of conversations and meetings between health care providers and families in two intensive care units, Shapiro delves into the challenges faced by loved ones as they navigate complex, emotionally burdensome decision-making processes and examines the role of advance directives in guiding these decisions.

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Speaking for the Dying: Life-and-Death Decisions in Intensive Care