Palliative Care (Paperback)
  • Palliative Care (Paperback)

Palliative Care (Paperback)

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Paperback 178 Pages
Published: 19/03/2015

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The care of patients with advanced and terminal illness can be extremely rewarding but often causes professionals a considerable amount of discomfort. This is especially so when you feel under confident in your abilities to provide a high quality of symptom management and relief from distress and to communicate appropriately with patients. Patients with advanced disease present some of the most challenging ethical, physical, psychological and social issues to clinicians and indeed to society.

Patients need us to be knowledgeable, skilful and understanding. The fully revised and updated new edition of Palliative Care outlines the fundamental principles and facts which will enable you to make a very real difference to your patients and their families. Information is provided in an accessible, user-friendly way and covers a wide range of physical and non-physical symptom management. Multi-professional team work is addressed, as is the role and support of families. There is also a consideration of the dilemmas and decisions that may be encountered by doctors around the end of a patient's life.

This practical resource, designed to provoke contemplative professional development, and enhance learning will be essential reading for nursing and medical practitioners, and other professionals who support patients in their homes, in care homes, and in hospital.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198702412
Number of pages: 178
Weight: 264 g
Dimensions: 234 x 155 x 9 mm


This edition is a well written, easily accessible book for all professionals. The book is well laid out and provides up to date knowledge and also personal experiences of palliative care. - Helen Reeves, Clinical Nurse Manager, St Giles Walsall Hospice, Nursing Times

This second edition of 'Palliative Care', published after an interval of 13 years, is a core text about the fundamentals of palliative care directed at medical and nursing undergraduates and recent graduates. There are chapters on principles, assessment, communication, decisions and care around the end of life, and physical symptom control. I particularly liked Chapter 8, which invited self-assessment in the core competences in end of life care. - Roger Woodruff, International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care

I found this book to be an excellent resource for its target audiences, and I will certainly recommend it to others as an easy-to-read introduction to palliative care. - Lucy Walker, ST6 in Palliative Medicine, European Journal of Palliative Care

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