Mar 102018

The Clinical Manual of Palliative Care Psychiatry seeks to bridge the gulf between principles and practice for two groups of clinicians: frontline palliative care providers with little mental health training and mental health specialists who may lack familiarity with palliative care practice. Those in both groups who are eager to improve their effectiveness in relieving suffering among seriously ill and dying patients will find this manual to be engaging, enlightening, and empowering. The authors, psychiatrists practicing in inpatient, outpatient, and home-based palliative care, supportive care, and hospice clinical settings, have designed an eminently practical guide to the application of psychiatric expertise to address the needs of this patient population. The book reviews palliative care principles and practice models, treatment of the psychiatric symptoms most commonly encountered in palliative care settings, and special topics, such as agitation in end-stage dementia, pain management and psychopharmacology, substance use disorders, and palliative care for children and adolescents. Psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, palliative care physicians, nurses, and social workers will find the Clinical Manual of Palliative Care Psychiatry to be immensely helpful in integrating principle and practice in this demanding arena.

Drs. Fairman, Hirst, and Irwin’s new book, Clinical Manual of Palliative Care Psychiatry, is a critically important contribution to this evolving specialty known as palliative care psychiatry. The eleven chapters are comprehensive yet concise with excellent tables; several chapters are devoted to specific psychiatric complications which practitioners regularly encounter in their clinical work with patients with life-limiting illnesses. Consultation-liaison psychiatry services will find this volume essential for both trainees and senior clinicians who are caring for patients at the end of life. –Jon A. Levenson, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, Attending Psychiatrist, Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Director, Undergraduate Medical Education in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

The Clinical Manual of Palliative Care Psychiatry is a concise and clearly written handbook that will be useful to both psychiatric physicians, advanced practice nurses, and other professionals working at the bedside of patients with serious illness. Intuitively organized, its brief and helpful chapters provide the newcomer with critical overviews, and the more experienced clinician with a framework to be sure he/she has hit all the marks. Fairman, Hirst, and Irwin have done a commendable job of condensing the most up-to-date evidence into a pocket-type guide that should inform and improve clinical care for years to come. –Thomas B. Strouse, M.D., FAPM, DFAPA, Maddie Katz Professor of Palliative Care Research and Education, Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry

Psychiatry is a very valuable but underutilized resource in oncology, palliative care, geriatrics, and long-term care. The frequency of serious psychological concerns is quite high in those with advanced illness and this book is a unique resource that addresses all aspects of suffering and effective treatment. This comprehensive resource on how psychiatry can enhance palliative care should be required reading for all professionals working with the seriously ill and dying. –Dr. Stephen R. Connor, Senior Fellow to Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance


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