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Palliative Care

Core Skills and Clinical Competencies, Expert Consult Online and Print

Find out all you need to know about providing high-quality care to patients with serious illnesses from the 2nd edition of Palliative Care: Core Skills and Clinical Competencies. Drs. Linda L. Emanuel and S. Lawrence Librach, leaders in the field, address the clinical, physical, psychological, cultural, and spiritual dimensions that are integral to the care of the whole patient. They give you a broad understanding of the core clinical skills and competencies needed to effectively approach patient assessment, care of special populations, symptom control, ethical issues, and more. Clearly written in a user-friendly, high-yield format with convenient online access, this resource is your ultimate guidebook to the burgeoning practice of palliative medicine.

Hardbound, 752 Pages

Published: April 2011

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-1-4377-1619-1


  • 1 Palliative Care: A Quiet Revolution in Patient Care
    2 Comprehensive Assessment
    3 Communication Skills
    4 Negotiating Goals of Care: Changing Goals along the Trajectory of Illness
    5 Prognostication
    6 Multiple Symptoms and Multiple Illnesses
    7 Pain
    8 Nausea/Vomiting
    9 Anorexia/Cachexia and Fatigue
    10 Depression & Anxiety
    11 Delirium
    11 Constipation
    12 Urinary Incontinence
    13 Sexuality
    14 Dyspnea
    15 Working with Families
    16 Wound Care
    17 Loss, Bereavement, and Adaptation
    18 Understanding and Respecting Cultural Differences
    19 Dignity Therapy
    20 Advance Care Planning
    21 Responding to Requests for Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide
    22 Withholding and Withdrawing Life-Sustaining Therapies
    23 Last Hours of Living
    24 Legal and Ethical Issues in the US
    25 Hematology/Oncology
    26 HIV/AIDS
    27 Heart Failure
    28 Kidney Failure
    29 Gastrointestinal Malignancies
    30 Neurodegenerative Diseases
    31 Palliative Interventional Therapy
    32 Care of Patients with Dementia (Delete content on incontinence and falls)
    33 Pulmonary Palliative Medicine
    34 Pediatric Palliative Care
    35 Palliative Care in the Intensive Care Unit
    36 Emergency Medicine and Palliative Care
    37 Veterans and Vulnerable Populations
    38 Treating Special Populations (chronic psych illnesses, homeless)
    39 The Interdisciplinary Team
    40 Palliative Care Nursing
    41 Social Workers
    42 Spiritual Care
    43 Palliative Care in Long-Term Care Settings
    44 Home Care
    45 Integrating Palliative Care into Disease Management
    46 Palliative Care Services and Programs (including new content on quality)
    47 Physician and End of Life Care
    48 The Economic Burden of End-of-Life Illness
    49 Dealing with Economic Hardship/Impact
    50 Palliative Care in Developing Countries
    I Formulary
    II Reimbursement Mechanisms
    III Online Resources for Palliative & End of Life Care


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