Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Careby Mari Lloyd-Williams (Editor)
For those caring for palliative care patients and their families, the psychosocial issues associated with terminal illness can cause even greater difficulty than the treatment of the physical symptoms. The issues of psychosocial assessment, treatment, care, and support of palliative care patients are unique, differing even from those experienced in earlier, treatable diseases. Mari Lloyd-Williams and her team of contributors brought together the social and psychological concerns of palliative care in the first edition of this book, and this new edition brings these important themes up to date. It continues the examination of current practice, and offers a comprehensive review of the literature, in order to demonstrate good practice in psychosocial care.
Features new chapters on service provision, psychotherapeutic methods, and palliative care for patients with specific difficulties, Includes specific information on providing spiritual support and dealing with staff stress, as well as a review of complementary therapies, Discusses the importance of communication, including dealing with patients with communication difficulties, Includes the cultural issues of psychosocial care and adaptation, Offers practical guidelines throughout, to encourage the best possible care. Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care is for anyone working in the field of palliative care, both in the community and in hospitals; this includes those in medicine, nursing, social work, chaplaincy, counselling, primary care, and mental health.
About the Author:
Mari Lloyd-Williams Professor/Director, Academic Palliative and Supportive Care Studies Group, University of Liverpool
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.
- Oxford University Press, USA
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- 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Meet the Author
Professor Lloyd-Williams was appointed as Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool in 2002, and in 2003 was promoted to a personal chair in recognition of her research experience. She has published over 100 papers, and is lead and chair of the Academic Palliative and Supportive Care Studies Group at Liverpool, which has secured in excess of £3.3 million of research grant income over the past 3 years. Current research focuses on screening for depression, interventions for depression, association between physical symptoms and concomitant depression, studies exploring support needs for children and families where a parent has advanced cancer, longitudinal studies of early loss of a parent, and also symptom burden in non malignant disease. She is also Director of community medical education for the medical school, chair of the 2006 Palliative Care Congress, and is the UK representative on the EAPC Research Steering Committee.
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