Oxford Handbook of Palliative Care / Edition 2

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is a remarkable book that will be useful for hospice and palliative care professionals as as well as other readers."—Doody's
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Marlene S. Foreman, BSN, MN (Hospice of Acadiana, Inc.)
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.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199234356
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1088
  • Sales rank: 900,817
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Northern Ireland Palliative Medicine Training Scheme, Belfast

St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey, Surrey

Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust

Marie Curie Centre, Vale of Glamorgan

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Table of Contents

1 Ethical issues 1
2 Breaking bad news 19
3 Research in palliative care 27
4 Principles of drug use in palliative medicine 35
5 Oncology and palliative care 81
6 Symptom management
7 Paediatric palliative care 443
8 Palliative care in non-malignant disease 553
9 Spiritual care 625
10 The contribution to palliative care of allied health professions 637
11 Complementary therapies in palliative care 671
12 Palliative care in the home 699
13 The terminal phase 735
14 Bereavement 749
15 Emergencies in palliative care 763
16 Miscellaneous 771
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