Michael Gordon, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FRCP Edin, Medical Program Director, Palliative Care, Baycrest Geriatric Health Care System; Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.
Not all families work in harmony. Health care providers look to families for direction and support for those we care for especially when the patient is no longer able to make decisions for themselves. This is usually the result of a medical condition that affects the brain such as dementia, a common occurrence in those who require long-term care. When there is conflict between family members, health care and social service professionals must use their best communalization skills and sensitivities to help families resolve their differences so that the best possible care can be provided to those they love.
Keywords: sibling rivalry, conflict, decision-making.