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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lisa Stepp, PhD, RN, APN, AOCN, CRNH (Private Practice)
Description: This book is a detailed account of the state of hospice and palliative care to date. The text is divided into appropriate sections for the student and academician concerned with hospice trends.
Purpose: The purpose of this book, as defined by the editors, is to present issues in palliative care in an easily accessible manner. This objective is worthy since currently there are very few texts on palliative care that are appropriate for the classroom. The objectives are met by the contributors and editors.
Audience: The book is definitely designed to be used as a text for students in an academic setting. The contributors and editors are highly credible and well respected in the field of hospice and palliative care.
Features: The illustrations presented in this book are black and white. The graphs and tables are clear and need little further explanation. Overall the book is clear, concise, and easy to read.
Assessment: This book is very nicely presented with an integration of information regarding policy, ethics, and standards regarding palliative care. Of special interest is the incorporation of palliative care in Europe, Asia, and Sweden. This international perspective gives students of palliative care a picture of different ways to purchase and provide this service. This book has very limited information regarding clinical interventions or treatments but I would still suggest this book for purchase by educators, administrators, clinicians, and students.