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Adult Palliative Care for Nursing, Health and Social Care

Adult Palliative Care for Nursing, Health and Social Care

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April 2019 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In this far-ranging textbook on palliative and end of life care, John Costello and a team of palliative care specialists take a patient-centred approach. Discussing palliative and end of life care across a range of diseases and illnesses, each chapter includes real-life case studies that focus on both the patient experience and the experiences of the family members of service users. Original in its approach to palliative and end of life care, Adult Palliative Care focuses on a range of non-cancer conditions. Thoughtfully balancing theory with practice, and interprofessional in its scope, Adult Palliative Care would benefit any health professional dealing with or working in the field of palliative and end of life care. 

Joan Smith
Chapter 1: The experience of living with cancer
Jo Popple
Chapter 2: Palliative care for people with End Stage Pulmonary Disease
Sharon Grimsdale
Chapter 3: Palliative care for people with End Stage Heart Failure
John Costello
Chapter 4: Palliative care for people with Multiple Sclerosis
Sue Heatley
Chapter 5: Patients with End Stage Renal Failure
Jacqueline Crowther
Chapter 6: Palliative care for people with advanced dementia
Ahamed Ashique & John Costello
Chapter 7: Symptom management: the medical perspective
Anne Golden
Chapter 8: Supporting families and lay caregivers on the palliative care journey
John Costello and Reverend Andrew Bradley
Chapter 9: Grief, bereavement and spirituality
Anne-Marie Raftery & Carole Farrell
Chapter 10: Ethical dilemmas in palliative care
Anne-Marie Raftery
Chapter 11: Hospital palliative care teams
Alison Newey
Chapter 12: End of life care in the community

The aim of this book is to raise the awareness of healthcare professionals working in palliative care of the experiences of those families and patients on the palliative care journey. Throughout the book, the patients’ feelings are emphasised with illustrative stories and patient quotations. Indeed, the chapter on living with cancer is written by a former health service manager who was diagnosed with myeloma and has required dialysis.?

This is a good primer on palliative care for nurses and other allied health professionals; my opinion would be that it would be good for medical students and interns as well.

Roger Woodruff
International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care

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