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From The CriticsReviewer: Kathleen Broglio, MN, ANP-CS, ACH(Metropolitan Jewish Palliative Care)
Description: This is the second edition of a book that provides an international perspective on the psychosocial care of people with advanced disease. It includes a broad overview of the current state of palliative care, its social impact, and current provision of services. Key information for clinicians includes the treatment of depression and anxiety, provision of bereavement services, and improving staff support. The first edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: The purpose is to improve clinicians' skills in the psychosocial aspects of palliative care, which is necessary for the provision of appropriate, comprehensive care.
Audience: The book is appropriate for clinicians and students from all disciplines working in palliative care. Some of the information may not be new for palliative care social workers, but it may prove valuable for traditional healthcare providers. The chapter authors are international authorities in palliative care.
Features: An updated chapter on communication issues provides pertinent information for any palliative care clinician. A new chapter on the care of marginalized people addresses challenges that many clinicians face. Practical information is provided on the pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment of anxiety and depression. The information on service delivery systems in the U.K. system may not be applicable to other countries, but may provide ideas for improving service delivery based on the U.K. model.
Assessment: This is a useful addition to a palliative care library for clinicians from all disciplines. It complements information on psychosocial care currently included in textbooks of palliative nursing and palliative medicine. In the evolving world of palliative care, the second edition incorporates enough new information to justify its purchase.