Choices in Palliative Care: Issues in Health Care Delivery / Edition 1

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About this textbook Meets an important need - 50% all US AIDS care occurs in palliative settings Approaches palliative care from a variety of viewpoints Travels well with existing public health textbooks, particularly those focusing on health services delivery The average person lives with chronic disease for three to six years. Nine out of ten deaths in America are caused by chronic illness. Half of all care of HIV/AIDS patients is defined as palliative care. Keeping up with these statistics means improving on traditional concepts of palliative care to meet growing demands. Choices in Palliative Care brings together 31 leading experts to spotlight core issues in the field, identify ways PC can fill gaps in current care systems, and demonstrate state-of-the-art care that is both cost-effective and clinically appropriate. This far-sighted volume redefines palliative care as interdisciplinary and integrative, providing liaisons between patients, families, and doctors; minimizing loved ones' care burdens; bridging acute and long-term care to respond to clients' evolving needs; adaptable to non-fatal (and possibly curable) chronic illnesses. Key areas of coverage: PC in acute care, long-term nursing facilities, hospice, and home settings Models of PC for AIDS/HIV, cancer, heart disease, chronic lung disease, Alzheimer's Specific quality-of-life issues concerning children and the elderly Successful business planning for PC, from funding to staffing, program development to quality improvement Legal, ethical, and policy issues specific to PC Because so much of the future of health care delivery depends on the palliative field, Choices in Palliative Care is must reading for public health administrators, planners, and policymakers. Those teaching health service delivery courses will find this material especially useful.

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Reviewer: Nancy A Delzer, MBA, MSN (Columbia St. Mary's)
Description: This is a comprehensive overview of palliative care from where care is delivered, to specifics about major disease processes and age groups, to developing your own program.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe the journey at the end of life with its many facets and changing demographics with the hope that someday the fragmented care system we have will be remedied. This is a good overview of what is in place today and the direction healthcare should be headed in the future. It provides a good starting point for those new to palliative care and a good review for those currently providing care.
Audience: The book is written for a wide audience, from professors and students to anyone in the healthcare field with an interest in palliative care, as well as administrative personnel who are looking for an overview of palliative care or how to start a program.
Features: The four major sections of this book start with a description of the different care settings where palliative care is provided. The next section discusses major disease states, with disease specific chapters that start with a short pathophysiology section, disease trajectory, making the referral to palliative care and a concise summary. Age specific issues in pediatric and geriatric populations are covered in the next section. The final section covers developing your own palliative care program, quality monitors, and ethical issues. Highlights include chapters on palliative care in nursing facilities, and the role of cancer rehabilitation in the maintenance of functional integrity and quality of life, two topics that are not always addressed. Some references are a bit dated.
Assessment: Much of the information in this book is not new, but it is a good overview of palliative care. It provides some historical perspective on the development of palliative care and is a good starting point for those new to palliative care.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441943637
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 11/4/2010
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 0.53 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Palliative Care in Acute Care Hospitals.- Palliative Care in Nursing Facilities.- Patient-Centered Palliative Care in the Home.- Hospice Care.- The Role of Cancer Rehabilitation in the Maintenance of Functional Integrity and Quality of Life.- HIV/AIDS and Palliative Care: Models of Care and Policy Issues.- Palliative Care and Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease.- Palliative Care and Chronic Heart Failure.- Palliative Care for Patients with Alzheimer's Dementia: Advance Care Planning Across Transition Points.- Children and Issues Around Palliative Care.- Palliative Care and the Elderly: Complex Case Management.- The Business of Palliative Medicine: Business Planning, Models of Care and Program Development.- Palliative Care and Quality Management: The Core Principles of Quality Improvement and their Utility in Designing Clinical Programs for End of Life Care and Complex Case Management Models.- Ethics and the Delivery of Palliative Care.

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