Oxford Handbook of Palliative Careby Max Watson
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The Oxford Handbook of Palliative Care covers all aspects of palliative care in a concise and succinct format suited to busy professionals who need to access key information in their daily care of patients. This new edition is revised throughout, with an additional emphasis on the nursing aspects of Palliative Care. The authors have included new sections on international palliative care, self care and liaison palliative care in acute hospitals. There is also extended material on the use of antibiotics, palliative care research and quality of life issues. The second edition of the Oxford Handbook of Palliative Care continues to be an invaluable resource for all health professionals working with adults, children and families with palliative care needs.
Description: This clear, concise reference on palliative care provides theoretical background, evidence-based practice, and guidelines for provision of care as life nears the end. It is an update of the 2005 edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide straightforward information on a variety of palliative care topics from breaking bad news to ethical issues. The handbook more than meets its objectives and its small size makes it easy to carry around.
Audience: Healthcare professionals providing palliative care to children and adults are the primary audience, but this edition attempts to provide information in a manner helpful for nonmedical readers as well. However, professionals will benefit most from this book.
Features: This edition has been completely reviewed and revised, and includes new information as well as an increased emphasis on nonmalignant diseases. It is a complete synopsis of all the information necessary to assist patients at the end of life, regardless of diagnosis or age. The handbook covers communication, ethics, medications for symptom management, complementary therapy, and other nonpharmacologic therapies. The entire book is full of clearly explained and evidence-based information. The tables, illustrations, and other materials expand on the text in ways that no other media could. There is no glossary, but the index sends the reader to specific content where all is explained in detail.
Assessment: I am a certified advance practice nurse in hospice and palliative nursing and a clinical nurse specialist who has taught nursing for 26 years and has been in hospice nursing 18 years. I will be keeping this book near me as I teach our staff, prepare them for certification tests, and improve patient care. I will be sharing information with our physicians as well. This is a remarkable book that will be useful for hospice and palliative care professionals as well as other readers. I have used the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, 3rd edition, Doyle et al. (Oxford University Press, 2004) as a reference for some time, but this handbook is so very handy.
Meet the Author
Max Watson is a consultant at the Northern Ireland Hospice , and lecturer in Palliative Medicine at the University of Ulster. He is also an honorary consultant at the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher and Special Adviser to the Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme in Dublin. Trained in theology and medicine, Max spent eight years in Nepal working in a rural hospital where he set up a General Practice training programme, and returning to the UK he completed Palliative Medicine training in London and Belfast. Max is on the central committee of the Gold Standards Framework, a member of the the National Cancer Research Institute, and since 2000 has established a home study Certificate programme in essential palliative care which runs across the UK and internationally. He is an author of several books, including the Oxford Handbook of Palliative Care, The Oxford Core Text in Oncology, and the London and Northern Ireland Adult and Paediatric Palliative Medicine guidelines.
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