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Overview

Palliative care is a rapidly evolving field focused on the management of problems that undermine the quality of life of patients with progressive incurable medical disorders. It is fundamentally concerned with all factors- physical, psychological, social, and spiritual- that contribute to suffering, and prevent a death with comfort and dignity. Palliative care is a fundamental aspect to good clinical practice, the "parallel universe" to therapies directed at cure or prolongation of life. All clinicians who treat patients with chronic life-threatening diseases are engaged in providing palliative care, continually attempting to manage complex symptomatology and functional disturbances.
The scholarly foundation of palliative care is advancing, and resources are needed to highlight the findings of empirical research. TOPICS IN PALLIATIVE CARE has been designed to meet the need for enhanced communication in this field. To highlight the diversity of concerns in palliative care, each volume of the TOPICS IN PALLIATIVE CARE Series is divided into sections that address a range of salient issues: symptom control, psychosocial functioning, spiritual or existential concerns, and ethics. The authors present and evaluate existing data, provide a context drawn from both the clinical and research settings, and integrate knowledge in a manner that is both practical and readable. The specific topics in this volume are: Pediatric Palliative Care, Management of Bone Pain, Psychopathology in Patients with Cancer, and Skin Disorders and their Management.

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Editorial Reviews

Charles F. von Gunten
This is the first volume in a new series of selected clinical topics in the developing field of palliative medicine, which is devoted to the relief of suffering associated with advanced terminal illness. The purpose of this series is to enhance communication among practitioners and academics working in this area. There is a real need to summarize state-of-the-art science and clinical care as well as to frame current research needs and future directions. The book is directed to those working in hospice and palliative medicine as well as those pursuing education and research in the area. The editors are of the highest caliber, and the contributing authors are international. The book is composed of invited contributions from authors from around the world. As in all texts of this genre, there is some unevenness of style and treatment between chapters. Nevertheless, the chapters are up-to-date with pertinent references. There is a paucity of books like this in palliative medicine. The book is remarkable for its very existence and is a mark of the growing interest in palliative medicine. This first volume and its successors will serve physicians in the same way that similar series serve other specialty disciplines and their students. A few of the chapters lack clarity, in part, perhaps, because of the authors writing in English rather than in their native languages.
J. Cameron Muir
This third volume addresses key topics in palliative care in a timely and comprehensive fashion. The topics covered are clinically relevant, well organized, and include extensive references. The purpose of this series of books is to provide a vehicle for synthesizing the most recent data and clinical experience for each of a number of common palliative care issues and to disseminate that information in a cohesive way. These are valuable goals which facilitate the growth of knowledge in this rapidly evolving field that is in need of evidence-based practice. This volume provides such a vehicle with uncommon clarity. This book is written for palliative care researchers and clinicians; still, it may provide a useful, fairly detailed primer of palliative care topics to benefit the general practitioner as well as the general medical resident. The editors of the series are two of the North American leaders of palliative care and their selected contributors represent a global ""Who's Who"" in the field. The four topics addressed are pediatric palliative care, bone pain, psychopathology, and skin disorders. Each topic is presented in a balanced interdisciplinary fashion with attention to medical, surgical, psychosocial, and family issues as appropriate. The section on pediatric palliative care provides a very useful overview to the key issues of caring for children with terminal illness. While emphasis is placed on the need to be data-driven in medicine in general and palliative care in particular, practice patterns lacking evidence-based decision-making are many and represent tremendous opportunity for research. This book represents a strong, ongoing commitment to lead North American (andperhaps global) palliative care into the next millenium. Each topic covered reveals a timely attempt to synthesize the state of the art (and the science lacking) in this exciting and rapidly evolving field.
Judith Paice
This is the latest edition to the series edited by two highly regarded clinicians and scientists in the evolving field of palliative care, and who are therefore eminently qualified to edit this series. The stated purpose is to enhance communication regarding the scientific basis for the clinical care provided to those with incurable medical illnesses. This fourth volume is directed towards clinicians and other members of the interdisciplinary team. This volume is divided into four sections: Survival Estimation in Palliative Care, Education and Training in Palliative Care, Procoagulant and Anticoagulant Therapy in Palliative Care, and Management of Common Symptoms. Each section consists of three to four chapters relevant to that topic. In most chapters a comprehensive review of existing data is provided, with resultant recommendations for clinical practice. The authors of these chapters are experts in the field, and they represent the interdisciplinary perspective integral to palliative care. This volume, in fact the entire series, is an essential addition to the library of all palliative care clinicians. In this volume cogent analyses of the rapidly expanding body of literature are provided, with practical translation for clinical practice. Furthermore, the frequency of publication ensures the immediacy of the information. As with any publication, a few limitations exist. First, additional figures would clarify more complex concepts. Second, the emphasis in this volume remains primarily on cancer, but expanding the disease focus to other incurable illnesses is critical. Finally, future volumes might benefit from the inclusion of a table of contents of previous volumes, as wellas a list of future topics planned for inclusion. Notwithstanding these suggestions, this book is indispensable for any palliative care clinician.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Judith A. Paice, PhD, RN (Northwestern University)
Description: This is the latest edition to the series edited by two highly regarded clinicians and scientists in the evolving field of palliative care, and who are therefore eminently qualified to edit this series.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to enhance communication regarding the scientific basis for the clinical care provided to those with incurable medical illnesses.
Audience: This fourth volume is directed towards clinicians and other members of the interdisciplinary team.
Features: This volume is divided into four sections: Survival Estimation in Palliative Care, Education and Training in Palliative Care, Procoagulant and Anticoagulant Therapy in Palliative Care, and Management of Common Symptoms. Each section consists of three to four chapters relevant to that topic. In most chapters a comprehensive review of existing data is provided, with resultant recommendations for clinical practice. The authors of these chapters are experts in the field, and they represent the interdisciplinary perspective integral to palliative care.
Assessment: This volume, in fact the entire series, is an essential addition to the library of all palliative care clinicians. In this volume cogent analyses of the rapidly expanding body of literature are provided, with practical translation for clinical practice. Furthermore, the frequency of publication ensures the immediacy of the information. As with any publication, a few limitations exist. First, additional figures would clarify more complex concepts. Second, the emphasis in this volume remains primarily on cancer, but expanding the disease focus to other incurable illnesses is critical. Finally, future volumes might benefit from the inclusion of a table of contents of previous volumes, as well as a list of future topics planned for inclusion. Notwithstanding these suggestions, this book is indispensable for any palliative care clinician.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195102468
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Series: Topics in Palliative Care Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell K. Portenoy, M.D., is Co-Chief, Pain and Palliative Care Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is also Associate Professor of Neurology at Cornell University Medical College, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.
Eduardo Bruera, M.D., is Professor of Oncology, Alberta Cancer Foundation Chair in Palliative Care, and the Director of the Palliative Care Program at the Grey Nuns Community Health Center and the Cross Cancer Institute.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
I Delirium in Cancer Patients
Introduction: Critical Issues in the Assessment of Delirium 3
1 Epidemiology and Clinical Features of Delirium 7
2 Assessment and Management of Reversible Delirium 21
3 Counseling the Confused Patient and the Family 45
II Gastrointestinal Disorders in Patients with Advanced Cancer
Introduction: A Call for Research to Elucidate Causes, Assessment, and Management of Common Gastrointestinal Symptoms 57
4 Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders in Patients with Advanced Cancer 61
5 Assessment and Management of Opioid-Induced Constipation 95
6 Assessment and Management of Mechanical Bowel Obstruction 113
III Advances in the Pharmacotherapy of Pain
Introduction: What Might the Future Hold for Opioid Pharmacotherapy? 133
7 Pharmacology of Opioid Drugs: Basic Principles 137
8 Clinical Implications of Morphine Metabolites 163
9 The Emerging Role of the Fentanyl Series in the Treatment of Chronic Cancer Pain 177
10 Intraindividual Variability in Opioid Response: A Role for Sequential Opioid Trials in Patient Care 195
IV Psychosocial Adaptation to Cancer
Introduction: Psychopathology in Patients with Progressive Medical Disorders: What Is "Normal"? 207
11 "Normal" Adjustment to Cancer: Characteristics and Assessment 213
12 The Family as a Unit of Treatment 245
13 Denial, Misinformation, and the "Assault of Truth" 263
14 Clinical Response to Spiritual Issues 279
Index 291
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