Tarascon Palliative Medicine Pocketbook

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Tarascon Palliative Medicine Pocketbook is the only shirt pocket-sized, quick reference for guiding those difficult conversations with patients and family members who require palliative and hospice care. Practitioners will find helpful ideas as well as guidance on managing difficult to control symptoms whether practicing in a busy clinic, making home visits or managing the hospitalized patient.

Containing communication skill techniques, prognostication tools, symptom management ...

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Overview

Tarascon Palliative Medicine Pocketbook is the only shirt pocket-sized, quick reference for guiding those difficult conversations with patients and family members who require palliative and hospice care. Practitioners will find helpful ideas as well as guidance on managing difficult to control symptoms whether practicing in a busy clinic, making home visits or managing the hospitalized patient.

Containing communication skill techniques, prognostication tools, symptom management options and ethical issues, this one of a kind, portable guide is an ideal tool for any member of the Palliative Medicine team, including: physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists and more.

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Reviewer: Darrell A Owens, DNP (University of Washington Medicine)
Description: This quick reference for hospice and palliative medicine includes information on having difficult conversations with patients and family members as well as resource information for pain and symptom management, making house calls, prognostication, and managing the hospitalized patient. It is unique in that it is small enough to fit in a shirt pocket.
Purpose: It is intended as a portable guide to communication skill techniques, symptom management options, and ethical issues for any member of a palliative medicine team. There are similar books in the field, but none as portable as this one. While the book meets its objectives, this information can be found in many books and there is not a need for another generalized guide to hospice and palliative care.
Audience: The intended audience includes all members of the palliative medicine team, such as physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists, and trainees. However, the presentation makes it clear that this is a book written by a physician for physicians. Although the intended audience indicates the book can be used by the entire interdisciplinary team, the author's viewpoint is that of a physician. There is no reference to nurse practitioners as team leaders, or to the fact that anyone other than a physician can lead a palliative medicine team, something that is not the case in practice. This book does not reflect that many palliative care teams in the U.S. are developed and directed by nurse practitioners, with minimal physician involvement.
Features: The book includes an overview of the definitions and regulations related to hospice and palliative care, guidelines for establishing and clarifying goals of care, determining prognosis, and management of pain and other complex symptoms. Easy to read, nicely summarized charts present the denser content to achieve a book sized to fit in a pocket. The chapter on prognostication is the most useful and interesting. While there are many books on pain and symptom management, few provide this level of detail on prognostication.
Assessment: This is a thorough, yet succinct guide for palliative care physicians. It contains the same information as many other palliative medicine references, but its unique feature is its size. Unfortunately, it does not reflect that palliative medicine is not a physician-led discipline, and there are other books that approach the topic from a more interdisciplinary perspective. I would not recommend this book for clinicians other than physicians.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449634216
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 1/4/2013
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 547,082
  • Product dimensions: 3.25 (w) x 5.25 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    This book is highly recommended because it highlight an updated

    This book is highly recommended because it highlight an updated high yield information presented in an organized, easy to read, and pragmatic fashion which is useful for any Health Care Providers seeking immediate answers when dealing with patients requiring palliation or best supportive symptoms management. Also a valuable and indispensable resource for Geriatrics, Hospice/Palliative, and Oncology Fellows, as well as for rotating medical students and resident physicians.

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