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Key Concepts in Palliative Care

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November 2010 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Do you need a succinct introduction to the key theories and principles of palliative care and their application to practice?

Key Concepts in Palliative Care provides just this in a compact, fifty-concept guide to the field. Taking account of the government's "End of Life Care Strategy", contributors set out the key issues affecting practice across a range of health and social care contexts.

The book covers topics ranging from dying and death to symptom management and spiritual care, backed up with practical examples. Each entry comprises:

o a snapshot definition of the topic

o key points

o a discussion of the main debates

o links to practice through thought-provoking case histories, and

o suggestions for further reading.

Key Concepts in Palliative Care is an ideal text and handy source of reference for health and social care professionals who are developing their knowledge and skills in palliative care.


Moyra A Baldwin and Jan Woodhouse
Introduction
Helen Fruin
Agencies: Resources for Adults with a Palliative Care Need in the UK
Moyra A Baldwin
Attributes of Palliative Caring
Virginia C Williams
Caring for the Adult: 'A Reversal of Roles'
Sheila Payne
Caring for the Carers
Yvonne Flood
Caring for the Child with Palliative Care Needs
Victoria Ridgway
Caring for the Older Person
Amanda Humphreys and Pat Rose
Caring for Young People
Jan Woodhouse
Communication
Jill McCarthy
Concept of Death
Richard Griffith
Coronial Process
Shirley Firth
Cultural Issues in Palliative Care
Jane Quigley
Death
John Costello
Environment of Care: Palliative Care within the Acute Hospital Care Ward
Peter Hartland
Finance Issues and the Organization of Palliative Care
Jan Woodhouse
Financial Aspects for Patients and Carers
Jan Woodhouse
Funerals
Moyra A Baldwin and Jan Woodhouse
Good Death
Lynda Prescott
The Globalization of Palliative Care
Moyra A Baldwin and Joanne Greenwood
Holism
Moyra A Baldwin
Hospice Movement and Evolution of Palliative Care
Dion Smyth
Information Technology
Barbara Beard
Legal and Ethical Issues in Palliative Care
Jan Woodhouse
Loss, Grief and Bereavement
Elizabeth Mason-Whitehead
Marginalized Groups
Moyra A Baldwin
Multidisciplinary Teams
Natalie A Pattison
Organ Donation
Steve Kirk
Organizational Management of Palliative Care
Debbie Wyatt
Palliative Care and the Person with Cancer
Sue Read
Palliative Care for the Person with a Learning Disability
Catherine Black and Julie Bailey-McHale
Palliative Care and the Person with Mental Ill-Health
Andrea Dean
Palliative Care and the Person with a Non-Cancer Diagnosis
Karen Manford-Walley
Palliative Care Education
Stephanie Neill and Dorothy Carter
Patient Choices and Preferences in Palliative Care
Mzwandile A Mabhala
Policy Drivers
Jill McCarthy
Quality Assurance and Palliative Care
Sue Phillips
Reactions of Patients and Carers
Claire Jones and Adrian Bunnell
Rehabilitation in Palliative Care
Catherine Black
Research in Palliative Care
Jan Woodhouse
Resources and Information: Looking for Answers
Moyra A Baldwin and Jan Woodhouse
Sexuality
Elizabeth Mason-Whitehead
Stigma
Joy Parkes and Sue Padmore
Symptom Management: Complementary and Alternative Medicine/Integrated Health
Catherine Black
Symptom Management: Common Symptoms
Catherine Black
Symptom Management: Difficult/Complex Symptoms
Catherine Black
Symptom Management: Emergencies
Richard Latten, John Ellershaw and Deborah Murphy
Symptom Management: The Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP)
Reverend Ian M Delinger
Spirituality
Jan Woodhouse
Stress and Palliative Care
Sonya Currey, Janice Foster and Virginia C Williams
Technology: Equipment Procurement
Moyra A Baldwin and Joanne Greenwood
Value of Life

A good book which considers the wider palliative care issues - not just cancer.

Alison Brown
The School of Nursing & Midwifery, Robert Gordon University
July 4, 2011

Useful reference book for pre-registration student nurses.

Dr Susan Ashton
Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University
May 12, 2011

A well written and useful book covering important aspects of palliative care in a concise and understandable manner.

Ms Sian Clifton
School opf Nursing and Midwifery , Cardiff University
May 3, 2011

Excellent text that will be adopted as key reading to the students. User friendly in layout and comprehensive content

Ms Patricia Brown
Health, Bolton University
February 3, 2011

A good starting point for anyone interested in palliative care. The book provides an introduction into a range of issues, debates and practicalities associated with palliative care.

Mrs Mary Paget
School of human and health sciences, University of Wales, Swansea
January 14, 2011

This gem of a book sets out 50 important concepts of palliative care in an innovative and highly accessible way. It encompasses all aspects of care across the life span including symptom control, end of life care issues, the needs of patients and carers as well as pertinent legal and ethical issues. Contributors, reflecting the aims of the book, include many well known experts in the field of palliative care from nursing, medicine, education, law, ethics and social care. In each chapter a working definition of each concept is clearly set out and importantly, an example is given of how this may be applied in practice. This book may be regarded as the definitive ‘Enquire Within’ for any aspect of palliative care and, as such, will be an invaluable addition to the bookshelf or library of any practitioner, educationalist and researcher working in the field of palliative care.

Dr Ruth Davies
School of Human and Health Science, University of Wales, Swansea
December 17, 2010

This is an excellent book as an introduction to palliative care, and provides students with a good foundation for developing their knowledge and understanding of end of life care.

Mrs Joanna Kerridge
Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, Thames Valley University
December 15, 2010

Other books covered topics in greater detail.

Mrs Sue Cresswell
Nursing and Midwifery, Coventry University
December 14, 2010

This excellent text book meets the needs of year three critical analysis for care module which covers long term illness and palliative care as well as organ donation. This book has been well written and is suitable for pre-registration nurse training.

Mrs Julie Orr
School of health, nursing & midwifery, University of the West of Scotland
November 23, 2010

This book from its title suggests it is a resource textbook for students. As a basic introduction to the key concepts in palliative care it ‘does what it says on the tin’ giving students a place from which to start their own reading and research.

The book uses a simple and effective style throughout based on four headings: Definition, key points, discussion and practical application of the concept. These sections are followed by suggestions for further reading.

At 50 topics the book is certainly comprehensive though the short chapters can appear somewhat superficial with limited and sometimes dated references. However as a starter for students they serve their purpose. The chapter on spirituality for example makes no reference to professional journals nor does it draw on the wealth of current material available from within palliative care and healthcare chaplaincy sources that would give a somewhat different perspective on the topic.

Overall this is a book to point students in the right direction and which teaching staff could use as a resource to encourage students in their study and practice of palliative care.

Mr David Mitchell
Division of Nursing and Health Care, Glasgow University
November 19, 2010
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