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From The CriticsReviewer: Lisa Stepp, PhD, RN, APN, AOCN, CRNH (Private Practice)
Description: End-of-life care continues to be a very challenging area of medical care. Authors continue to explore and report on the evolution of caring for individuals and their loved ones during this difficult time. This book continues an emerging tradition of disseminating information to clinicians regarding end-of-life care.
Purpose: This book has been specifically designed to help clinicians overcome their own feelings of distress and provide quality care during difficult times. Although certain symptomatology is common for hospice and palliaitve care patients, each situation requires its own form of individualized intervention. The authors' attention to detail provides a framework in which the clinician can design and implement this individualized care.
Audience: Due to the tone, writing style, and vocabulary of this book, the most appropriate audience is clinicians involved in and those preparing to practice in the hospice and palliative care arena. The authors and editors are well respected in the field of end-of-life care.
Features: The book is divided into three main areas, preparing for the transfer of the patient to end-of-life care, common symptomatology, and ethical dilemmas in end-of-life care. The section on physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia is of particular interest. The authors approach this sensitive topic in a very compassionate, straightforward manner.
Assessment: To date, there have been numerous articles, journals, and books produced to address the issues that patients, caregivers, and clinicians face at the end of life. The overlapping of information can be seen however in most cases as unavoidable. This book is well written and accurately reflects the state of end-of-life care in America.