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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Marlene S. Foreman, BSN, MN (Hospice of Acadiana, Inc.)
Description: This fourth edition of a palliative medicine textbook incorporates an extensive range of palliative care topics including descriptions, issues, interdisciplinary care, and therapies.
Purpose: The purpose is to present practical, scientifically valid advice on end of life care for a variety of patients. This book is used by physicians, nurses, and other practitioners to provide care, study for certification, and as a reference in difficult situations. It serves a critical need for current information in palliative care.
Audience: Although the book is written primarily for those in the medical field — physicians and nurses — this edition also covers other disciplines of the interdisciplinary field of palliative care and therefore may be beneficial to a wider audience.
Features: I have used this book extensively over the years as a clinical nurse specialist, nurse educator, and practitioner of hospice care. Because it is divided into sections and chapters with an extensive index, it is easy to obtain needed information in a timely manner. The book covers international, worldwide views on the various topics common to palliative care, including challenges of providing care, research, ethics, and management of symptoms. It includes diagrams, tables, and a few illustrations when needed to explain the content. The book as a whole is outstanding.
Assessment: Some of the editors have changed with this edition, which is expanded and updated from the previous edition. I have been a nurse for 40 years, a nurse educator for 27 years, and a hospice nurse for 19 years, and I am certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a clinical specialist in adult health and by the National Board of Hospice and Palliative Nurses as an advanced certified hospice nurse. In these capacities, I have used the third edition to develop lectures for various groups on such topics as palliative and hospice care, specific disease management, symptom control, communication with patients at the end of life, and others. This edition expands on international views, geriatrics, and psychiatric, psychosocial, and spiritual issues.