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.
- Tap into expert guidance on all aspects of palliative care in one reference.
- Enhance pain management with a better understanding of the molecular and physiological mechanisms of suffering.
- Quickly review specific treatment protocols for both malignant and non-malignant illnesses, including HIV/AIDS, heart failure, renal failure, and cirrhosis.
- Recognize the characteristic features of specific illnesses and master the core clinical skills needed to manage their symptoms, including surgical palliation.
- Identify and meet the needs of special populations, including pediatric and geriatric patients.
- Access at-a-glance information on pharmacology—mechanisms of action, indications in palliative care, incompatibility, adverse effects, dosage, and administration—with a formulary of commonly used palliative drugs.
- Better understand and manage the common and unique challenges associated with delivering palliative care in various social settings.
- Educate patients and their families on the options available to them with the aid of helpful resources and an appendix outlining reimbursement mechanisms.
Section I: Palliative Care: Core Skills
The Philosophy and Historical Origins
Negotiating Goals of Care along the Trajectory of Illness
Loss and Creative Adaptation
Advance Care Planning
Communicating Serious Information
Legal and Ethical Issues
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
Section III: Service Delivery
The Interdisciplinary Team
Social Work Care
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
Resources for Professionals
Resources for Patients and Caregivers
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- © Saunders 2007
- 31st July 2007
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Buehler Professor of Medicine and Director, Buehler Center on Aging, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; Professor of Health Industry Management and Director, Ford Center on Global Citizenship’s Health Section, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
W. Gifford-Jones Professor in Pain Control and Palliative Care, University of Toronto, Director, Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada
Geriatricians, Internists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Family Practitioners, and Oncologists