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Palliative Care

Core Skills and Clinical Competencies

Edited by two leading pioneers of palliative medicine, this essential guide provides you with the core knowledge and skills necessary to provide comprehensive and compassionate care. Designed to meet the needs of the daily medical caretaker, this detailed text examines patient assessment, communication, cultural considerations, legal and ethical issues, advance care planning, symptom control, clinical management of specific illnesses, service delivery, interdisciplinary team composition, and more. From diagnosis to bereavement care, PALLIATIVE CARE: CORE SKILLS AND CLINICAL COMPETENCIES addresses all major clinical, physical, psychological, and spiritual management issues encountered in palliative care - in a user-friendly, ready-reference format.


Published: July 2007

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-1-4160-2597-9


  • Geriatricians, Internists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Family Practitioners, and Oncologists


  • Section I: Palliative Care: Core Skills

    The Philosophy and Historical Origins

    Comprehensive Assessment

    Negotiating Goals of Care along the Trajectory of Illness

    Loss and Creative Adaptation

    Advance Care Planning

    Communicating Serious Information

    Cultural Issues

    Assisted Suicide

    Legal and Ethical Issues

    Pain Management

    Management of Dyspnea, Nausea, Anorexia

    Management of Anxiety, Depression, Delirium

    Management of Constipation, Incontinence, Sexual Dysfunction

    Management of Other Common Symptoms

    Withdrawing and Withholding Interventions

    Last Days of Living

    Grief and Bereavement

    Section II: Palliative Care for Specific Types of Illness



    Heart failure

    Alzheimer’s Disease

    Renal Failure


    Palliative Surgery

    Chronic Diseases

    Clinical Trials

    Section III: Service Delivery

    The Interdisciplinary Team

    Nursing Care

    Social Work Care

    Pastoral Care

    Guidelines Integration

    Consult Services

    Dedicated Services – Wards, Hospice, Ambulatory Care, Day Care, Home Care

    Section IV: The Social Setting of Palliative Care

    The Impact of Terminal illness on Household Economics

    The Impact of Policies Regarding Ovoid Availability

    The Potential of Palliative Care to reduce economic suffering due to terminal illness

    Micro-economic Development of Health Care services among economically challenged households

    Palliative Care: Global Perspectives



    Reimbursement Mechanisms

    Resources for Professionals

    Resources for Patients and Caregivers


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