ABC of Palliative Care / Edition 2

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Overview

This brand new edition pulls together the most up-to-date information on this complex, multidisciplinary area in a practical, user-friendly manner. It deals with the important social and psychological aspects for palliative care of people with incurable diseases including quality of life, communication and bereavement issues.

The book contains predominantly color illustrations, with some black-and-white and two-color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

J. Cameron Muir
This is a very user-friendly softcover handbook that serves as a primer covering the spectrum of the practice of palliative care. It covers the prevalent symptom control issues, but it also discusses the non-physical aspects of ""whole person care,"" which is characteristic of the field. The purpose is to provide a concise overview of the practice of palliative care in an effort to introduce nonspecialists to the field. The main emphasis is the assertion that patients should be palliated throughout the continuum of care and not just at the end of life. To that end, the book provides the foundation for an understanding of this emerging field and attempts to develop an appreciation of palliative issues in general practice as well as an approach to effective management. It is written for primary care physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and students as a general overview of the pertinent issues in palliative care. It is well written for this audience and, as is clearly stated at the outset, is not intended for the experienced palliative care provider. The editors have skillfully constructed this work to reflect their experience and passion for this most important field. It succinctly covers the more prevalent symptom control issues in palliative care with a plethora of useful tables and figures. It addresses the psychosocial and bereavement issues intertwined in the care of suffering patients and their caregivers as well. It is written in straightforward language which ought to be readily digestible by the audience for which it is intended. Abundant photographs and art help to personalize and humanize the pharmacology and technology utilized in palliative care. Still, while thisreview has the potential to be a tremendous resource, there is a paucity of references to direct curious readers to the next level. This book is a welcome overview of the basics of palliative care and should provide an excellent reference for understanding the foundations of palliative care. This is a succinct and much needed text detailing the breadth and scope of palliative care. For those desiring a more detailed understanding of a given symptom or issue, the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, 2nd edition, by Doyle et al. (Oxford University Press, 1998), is nearly encyclopedic with exhaustive references.
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Reviewer: J. Cameron Muir, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is a very user-friendly softcover handbook that serves as a primer covering the spectrum of the practice of palliative care. It covers the prevalent symptom control issues, but it also discusses the non-physical aspects of "whole person care," which is characteristic of the field.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a concise overview of the practice of palliative care in an effort to introduce nonspecialists to the field. The main emphasis is the assertion that patients should be palliated throughout the continuum of care and not just at the end of life. To that end, the book provides the foundation for an understanding of this emerging field and attempts to develop an appreciation of palliative issues in general practice as well as an approach to effective management.
Audience: It is written for primary care physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and students as a general overview of the pertinent issues in palliative care. It is well written for this audience and, as is clearly stated at the outset, is not intended for the experienced palliative care provider. The editors have skillfully constructed this work to reflect their experience and passion for this most important field.
Features: It succinctly covers the more prevalent symptom control issues in palliative care with a plethora of useful tables and figures. It addresses the psychosocial and bereavement issues intertwined in the care of suffering patients and their caregivers as well. It is written in straightforward language which ought to be readily digestible by the audience for which it is intended. Abundant photographs and art help to personalize and humanize the pharmacology and technology utilized in palliative care. Still, while this review has the potential to be a tremendous resource, there is a paucity of references to direct curious readers to the next level.
Assessment: This book is a welcome overview of the basics of palliative care and should provide an excellent reference for understanding the foundations of palliative care. This is a succinct and much needed text detailing the breadth and scope of palliative care. For those desiring a more detailed understanding of a given symptom or issue, the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, 2nd edition, by Doyle et al. (Oxford University Press, 1998), is nearly encyclopedic with exhaustive references.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405130790
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/21/2006
  • Series: ABC Series , #56
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,277,238
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Marie Fallon, St Columba's Hospice Chair of Palliative Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Geoffrey Hanks, Professor of Palliative Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

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Table of Contents

1 The principles of palliative care.

Balfour Mount, Geoffrey Hanks, Lorna McGoldrick.

2 The principles of control of cancer pain.

Marie Fallon, Geoffrey Hanks, Nathan Cherny.

3 Difficult pain.

Lesley Colvin, Karen Forbes, Marie Fallon.

4 Breathlessness, cough, and other respiratory problems.

Carol Davis, Gillian Percy.

5 Oral health in patients with advanced disease.

Jeremy Bagg, Andrew Davies.

6 Anorexia, cachexia, nutrition, and fatigue.

Kenneth Fearon, Matthew Barber.

7 Nausea and vomiting.

Kathryn Mannix.

8 Constipation, diarrhoea, and intestinal obstruction.

Nigel Sykes, Carla Ripamonti, Eduardo Bruera, Debra Gordon.

9 Depression, anxiety, and confusion.

Mari Lloyd-Williams.

10 Emergencies.

Stephen Falk, Colette Reid.

11 The last 48 hours.

James Adam.

12 Palliative care for children.

Ann Goldman.

13 Communication.

David Jeffrey.

14 The carers.

Julia Addington-Hall, Amanda Ramirez.

15 Chronic non-malignant disease.

Marie Fallon, Joanna Chambers, Francis Dunn, Raymond Voltz, Gian Borasio, Rob George, Roger Woodruff.

16 Community palliative care.

Keri Thomas.

17 Bereavement.

Marilyn Relf.

18 Complementary therapies.

Michelle Kohn, Jane Maher.

Index

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