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From The CriticsReviewer: Lisa Stepp, PhD, RN, APN, AOCN, CRNH (Private Practice)
Description: Today, theory based practice is a fact of life for most clinicians. There has been a driving need for healthcare professionals to understand why certain interventions are utilized in given situations. This catalyst has prompted many researchers to integrate theoretical frameworks with education on quality care. The author of this text takes this approach as well.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the author, is to provide information regarding the "Western" self concept and the experiences of patients receiving palliative care in England. This integration of theory and experience gives the reader a clearer perspective on current trends and practice in palliative care.
Audience: The audience is undergraduate and graduate students of end of life care. The language and terminology will require the reader to have a working knowledge of theory and healthcare. The author brings a sense of authority and understanding to the research process utilized for this text.
Features: A wide range of experiences as they are perceived by patients, caregivers, and staff are covered. This window into the world of palliative care is most interesting and intriguing. However, these experiences are those of individuals receiving and delivering palliative care in the U.K.
Assessment: Since the hospice and palliative care movement began in the U.K., most of the literature we have to date comes from this practice arena. Due to the differences in the healthcare delivery models of England and the U.S., further research into the experiences of patients here is truly necessary for clinicians practicing in the U.S.