Creighton Professor Contributes to New Book Discussing End-of-Life-Care

Omaha, NE (PRWEB) February 11, 2013

Helen Chapple, Ph.D., an assistant professor in Creighton Universitys online Master of Science in Health Care Ethics program and a prolific expert on end-of-life care, has contributed a chapter to an important new book about dealing with death and grief.

The book, Studies of Grief and Bereavement (Nova, 2013), explores various models, research and theories on grief. Chapples contribution, Rescue and Transplantation as Social Goals: Salvation Without Transcendence? discusses American attitudes and practices regarding rescue and acute care, especially organ transplantation as an example of the ultimate form of rescue. Chapple contrasts these with practices in other countries that have higher donation rates. She also suggests an alternative understanding of life-threatening illness that acknowledges its painful and chaotic aspects but promotes the potential for unexpected strength and creative treatment.

After receiving a Masters in Clinical Ethics, Chapple studied the American health care systems approach to death and dying while obtaining her Ph.D. in anthropology, conducting an ethnographic study comparing dying in two hospitals. Her own book No Place for Dying: Hospitals and the Ideology of Rescue was published in 2010 by Left Coast Press.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities in the Health Care Ethics masters program at Creighton, she works to improve end-of-life care in Nebraska. Her projects include a plan to educate the community and clinicians regarding advance care planning and end-of-life practices and a statewide initiative designed to promote best practices. As a result of her work, a steering committee has been formed to research current conditions and particular needs in end-of-life care for people in Nebraska.

Chapples contributions to the field reflect and maintain the high standards set for Creighton faculty members teaching in the Health Care Ethics masters program, who are internationally recognized scholars, philosophers and authors, all of whom hold the highest degree in their field. The program is housed within the universitys Center for Health Policy and Ethics, one of the largest centers of its kind globally.

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