I don't know why I called you

Jeffrey S. Farroni, Colleen M. Gallagher

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


This case study details a request from a patient family member who calls our service without an articulated ethical dilemma. The issue that arose involved the conflict between continuing further medical interventions versus transitioning to supportive or palliative care and transferring the patient home. Beyond the resolution of the ethical dilemma, this narrative illustrates an approach to ethics consultation that seeks practical resolution of ethical dilemmas in alignment with patient goals and values. Importantly, the family's suffering is addressed through a relationship driven, humanistic approach that incorporates elements of compassion, empathy and dialog.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-74
Number of pages6
JournalNarrative inquiry in bioethics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'I don't know why I called you'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this