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The Textbook of Interdisciplinary Pediatric Palliative Care, by Drs. Joanne Wolfe, Pamela Hinds, and Barbara Sourkes, aims to inform interdisciplinary teams about palliative care of children with life-threatening illness. It addresses critical domains such as language and communication, symptoms and quality of life, and the spectrum of life-threatening illnesses in great depth. This comprehensive product takes a first-of-its-kind team approach to the unique needs of critically ill children. It shows how a collaborative, interdisciplinary care strategy benefits patients and their families. If you deal with the complex care of critically ill children, this reference provides a uniquely integrated perspective on complete and effective care.

  • Respect interdisciplinary perspectives, and provide the most comprehensive care.
  • Use an integrated approach to address the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of children and their families.
  • Understand and heed your strengths and vulnerabilities in order to provide the best care for your patients.
  • Recognize the necessity of linking hospital-based palliative care with community resources.
  • Implement consistent terminology for use by the entire palliative care team.
  • Access the full text online with regular updates and supplemental text and image resources.

Reflects the collaborative approach necessary to provide optimal care for children and their families

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Reviewer: Lori Naquin, RN (Ochsner Medical Center)
Description: This book details the interdisciplinary teamwork involved in pediatric palliative care and emphasizes the importance of bringing together all team members to optimize the care of the patient and to give the patient and family the best possible quality of life. The most unique part of the book is the excellent neonatal section.
Purpose: According to the authors, this is the first book written for interdisciplinary clinicians who care for children and adolescents living with life-threatening conditions.
Audience: The book is intended for students and both novice and senior clinicians, but it also targets other medical supportive providers including child life specialists, practitioners of palliative care, psychosocial clinicians, chaplains, and hospice professionals.
Features: Among the many helpful topics the book covers are the role of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teamwork, ethics in palliative care, and resuscitation vs. DNR orders. Most importantly, it discusses early palliative care after diagnosis is made. Other topics addressed are what happens when the end of life is near, what to treat and when to order medications for comfort and pain to help ease suffering. One area that always distresses families is wondering what will happen at the end of their child's life. A wonderful section explains what to look for and clearly defines responses to these questions.
Assessment: This is an excellent book. It is much needed in the practice of pediatric and neonatal palliative care and touches on many subjects useful to palliative care in the hospital setting. I have referred to it several times since it has appeared on my desk. There are few books that cover palliative care in the neonatal population, so I was pleased to see this section in the book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781437702620
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 2/9/2011
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 1,474,985
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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