Kind, a clinical bioethicist, shares tools and strategies in this step-by-step guide for making health-care choices for those who can’t. She clarifies complex and sensitive matters by stripping away extraneous questions that frequently distract caregivers and decision makers from key considerations to what Kind identifies as core questions concerning the individual patient’s decisional capacity, past and present communication abilities, and developmental and mental stages. Kind’s detailed approach is anchored to what she calls the Best Interest Standard for the patient. Designed not as a recipe or prescription but rather as a process to help readers think their ways through difficult decisions, Kind’s guide encourages careful, methodical, and informed thought, and to that end, it contains flowcharts, case studies, personal anecdotes, and gridlike frameworks for decision making organized by useful categories. With an index, list of references, and appendix materials, including a glossary and key forms, Kind provides solid advice for anyone faced with some of life’s most challenging and important dilemmas. --Whitney Scott
About the Author
, MA, is a clinical bioethicist, medical educator, and hospice volunteer. She is a renowned lecturer, who inspires healthcare professionals throughout the United States to have integrity and compassion and teaches them techniques to improve communication about end-of-life care. She is the co-creator of the nationally distributed DVD, The Trusted Advisor: Relate, Respect and Respond, which focuses on improving the senior patient's medical experience. Patients, families, and healthcare professionals have come to rely on Viki's practical approach to dealing with challenging healthcare dilemmas.
Viki provides bioethics consultation and support for many hospitals in the Los Angeles area. She is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Bioethics Committee and the Southern California Bioethics Committee Consortium. She holds a master's degree in bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin and a bachelor's degree in speech communication from California State University and Northridge. She also has specialized training in mediation and cultural negotiation from Pepperdine University and UCLA.
Viki resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Ed, and her cat, BooBoo.