Evidence Based Symptom Control in Palliative Care

Evidence Based Symptom Control in Palliative Care

by Arthur G. Lipman, Linda S. Tyler, Kenneth C. Jackson
     
 

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Make your patients’final days as comfortable as possible!

There are few situations more challenging and emotionally taxing to a medical professional than the care of the terminally ill. Much has been learned in recent years about symptom control that can profoundly improve the quality of life in a patient's final days.

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Make your patients’final days as comfortable as possible!

There are few situations more challenging and emotionally taxing to a medical professional than the care of the terminally ill. Much has been learned in recent years about symptom control that can profoundly improve the quality of life in a patient's final days.

Evidence Based Symptom Control in Palliative Care: Systemic Reviews and Validated Clinical Practice Guidelines for 15 Common Problems in Patients with Life Limiting Disease provides you with symptom control approaches that will help meet patients’last wishes, improve the quality of life for patients and their families, and lessen their physical and emotional pain.

Palliative care—often based on anecdotal experience—has until now been inconsistent and much of the time less than optimally effective. Evidence Based Symptom Control in Palliative Care is the result of comprehensive literature reviews and clinical validation resulting in recommendations and suggestions for therapies that will improve the lives of patients who are in pain and discomfort.

Evidence Based Symptom Control in Palliative Care presents seven sections—Algorithm, Literature Review, Evidence Tables, Drug Therapy Tables, Evaluation Instruments, Unanswered Questions, and References—on each of these problems:

  • anorexia and cachexia
  • anxiety
  • bleeding problems
  • constipation
  • delirium
  • depression
  • diarrhea
  • dyspnea (shortness of breath)
  • fatigue and weakness
  • mouth problems
  • nausea and vomiting
  • nutrition and hydration

    Evidence Based Symptom Control in Palliative Care is a vital guide for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and other clinicians caring for patients with advanced irreversible diseases. This volume supplies the data you'll require to offer patients relevant care and meet their needs.

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Editorial Reviews

Lisa Stepp
Palliative care accepts a balanced holistic approach for patient care; however, interventions must be evidence-based to maintain credibility in the medical community. This text has been prepared to provide clinicians with a summary of the evidence available regarding symptom management. The recommendations provided are based on published evidence and are for clinician use. Today the focus in healthcare remains on evidence-based interventions and outcomes to ensure quality care. Providing clinicians with summarized studies is greatly needed in the area of palliative care and is a worthy objective. This text is written for clinicians involved in hospice and palliative care. The text utilizes language that is easiest for clinicians and advanced clinicians to comprehend. The authors have extensive experience in research evaluation. Summarizing published research is a difficult task. The authors have presented systematically developed texts, tables, and algorithms based on available literature. While not all symptoms faced in the palliative care setting are presented, the fifteen common problems are extensively examined. The graphs and tables are easy-to-read and comprehend. The outline of each chapter provides a summary, key words, content, and potential research questions. The references are current and well established. Currently, there is very little in the published literature that addresses evidenced-based symptom management. This text provides a welcome addition to the current body of knowledge.
Reviewer: Lisa Stepp, PhD, RN, APN, AOCN, CRNH (Private Practice)
Description: Palliative care accepts a balanced holistic approach for patient care; however, interventions must be evidence-based to maintain credibility in the medical community. This text has been prepared to provide clinicians with a summary of the evidence available regarding symptom management.
Purpose: The recommendations provided are based on published evidence and are for clinician use. Today the focus in healthcare remains on evidence-based interventions and outcomes to ensure quality care. Providing clinicians with summarized studies is greatly needed in the area of palliative care and is a worthy objective.
Audience: This text is written for clinicians involved in hospice and palliative care. The text utilizes language that is easiest for clinicians and advanced clinicians to comprehend. The authors have extensive experience in research evaluation.
Features: Summarizing published research is a difficult task. The authors have presented systematically developed texts, tables, and algorithms based on available literature. While not all symptoms faced in the palliative care setting are presented, the fifteen common problems are extensively examined. The graphs and tables are easy-to-read and comprehend. The outline of each chapter provides a summary, key words, content, and potential research questions. The references are current and well established.
Assessment: Currently, there is very little in the published literature that addresses evidenced-based symptom management. This text provides a welcome addition to the current body of knowledge.
Booknews
Written for clinicians caring for patients with advanced irreversible diseases who wish to improve quality of life for patients and families, and lessen their physical and emotional pain. Contributions from the editors and other pharmacists cover symptom control approaches for anorexia and cachexia, anxiety, bleeding problems, constipation, delirium, depression, diarrhea, dyspnea, fatigue and weakness, mouth problems, nausea and vomiting, and nutrition and hydration. Each review includes a summary, keywords, flow chart, literature review, evidence and drug therapy tables; a discussion of available evaluation instruments; a list of some open research questions, and references. The book is co-published simultaneously as , v.7, no.4 1999 and v.8, no.1 2000. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789010148
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
Journal of Pharmaceutical Care in Pain and Symptom Control Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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