Hospital-Based Palliative Medicine: A Practical, Evidence-Based Approach

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Mar 092020

The first comprehensive, clinically focused guide to help hospitalists and other hospital-based clinicians provide quality palliative care in the inpatient setting.

Written for practicing clinicians by a team of experts in the field of palliative care and hospital care, Hospital-Based Palliative Medicine: A Practical, Evidence-Based Approach offers:

Comprehensive content over three domains of inpatient palliative care: symptom management, communication and decision making, and practical skills,
Detailed information on assessment and management of symptoms commonly experienced by seriously ill patients,
Advise on the use of specific communication techniques to address sensitive topics such as prognosis, goals of care, code status, advance care planning, and family meetings in a patient- and family-centered manner,
Targeted content for specific scenarios, including palliative care emergencies, care at the end of life, and an overview of post-hospital palliative care options,
Self-care strategies for resilience and clinician wellness which can be used to help maintain an empathic, engaged, workforce and high quality patient care,
A consistent chapter format with highlighted clinical pearls and pitfalls, ensuring the material is easily accessible to the busy hospitalist and associated hospital staff.
This title will be of use to all hospital clinicians who care for seriously ill patients and their families. Specialist-trained palliative care clinicians will also find this title useful by outlining a framework for the delivery of palliative care by the patient’s front-line hospital providers.

Also available in the in the Hospital-Based Medicine: Current Concepts series:

Inpatient Anticoagulation
Margaret C. Fang, Editor, 2011

Hospital Images: A Clinical Atlas
Paul B. Aronowitz, Editor, 2012

Becoming a Consummate Clinician: What Every Student, House Officer, and Hospital Practitioner Needs to Know
Ary L. Goldberger and Zachary D. Goldberger, Editors, 2012

Perioperative Medicine: Medical Consultation and Co-Management
Amir K. Jaffer and Paul J. Grant, Editors, 2012

Clinical Care Conundrums: Challenging Diagnoses in Hospital Medicine
James C. Pile, Thomas E. Baudendistel, and Brian J. Harte, Editors, 2013

Inpatient Cardiovascular Medicine
Brahmajee K. Nallamothu and Timir S. Baman, Editors 2013



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Perinatal Palliative Care: A Clinical Guide

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Mar 042020

This unique book is a first-of-its-kind resource that comprehensively covers each facet and challenge of providing optimal perinatal palliative care. Designed for a wide and multi-disciplinary audience, the subjects covered range from theoretical to the clinical and the practically relevant, and all chapters include case studies that provide real-world scenarios as additional teaching tools for the reader.
Perinatal Palliative Care: A Clinical Guide is divided into four sections. Part One provides the foundation, covering an overview of the field, key theories that guide the practice of perinatal palliative care, and includes a discussion of perinatal ethics and parental experiences and needs upon receiving a life-limiting fetal diagnosis. Part Two delves further into practical clinical care, guiding readers through issues of obstetrical management, genetic counseling, neonatal pain management, non-pain symptom management, spiritual care, and perinatal bereavement care. Part Three discusses models of perinatal palliative care, closely examining evidence for different types of PPC programs: from hospital-based programs, to community-based care, and examines issues of interdisciplinary PPC care coordination, birth planning, and team support. Finally, Part Four concludes the book with a close look at special considerations in the field. In this section, racial, ethnic, and cultural perspectives and implications for PPC are discussed, along with lessons in how to provide PPC for a wide-range of clinical and other healthcare workers. The book closes with a look to the future of the field of perinatal palliative care.
Thorough and practical, Perinatal Palliative Care: A Clinical Guide is an ideal resource for any healthcare practitioner working with these vulnerable patient populations, from palliative care specialists, to obstetricians, midwifes, neonatologists, hospice providers, nurses, doulas, social workers, chaplains, therapists, ethicists, and child life specialists.



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Choices in Palliative Care: Issues in Health Care Delivery

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Feb 272020

Choices in Palliative Care brings together leading experts to spotlight core issues in the field and identify ways PC can fill gaps in current care systems. This far-sighted volume redefines palliative care as interdisciplinary and integrative, bridging acute and long-term care to respond to clients’ evolving needs. Those teaching health service delivery courses will find this material especially useful.
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Palliative Neurology

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Jan 022020

Palliative care affirms the value of holistic support for persons facing death from advanced disease. This handbook aims to provide succinct and practical advice on the management of major neurological disorders in both their supportive and terminal phases, recognizing that these conditions are increasing in prevalence in virtually every society as the proportion of elderly persons grows. It demonstrates how the discomforts encountered in dementia, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, Huntington’s disease, muscular dystrophies and multiple sclerosis can benefit from the same comprehensive approach to palliation as has evolved in specialist care for cancer.



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Palliative Care, Social Work and Service Users: Making Life Possible

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Dec 182019

This unique book provides a rare look at social work and palliative care from the perspective of service users. It is the first to investigate specialist palliative care social work from this viewpoint. Drawing on new original research, the authors examine service users’ experiences of social work and palliative care, tracking their journeys through it, exploring the care they receive and the effects of culture and difference through their first hand comments and ideas. The writers link service users’ critiques with broader debates and developments in social work and palliative care and consider the implications of the book’s findings for the formation of policy and practice and for future professional education and training. A groundbreaking text, “Palliative Care, Social Work and Service Users” is of particular value to social work professionals, palliative care workers, educators, researchers and policy makers.



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Grief and Bereavement in the Adult Palliative Care Setting

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Nov 292019

For patients and family caregivers the journey through illness and transitions of care is characterized by a series of progressive physical and emotional losses. Grief reactions represent the natural response to those losses. Grief is defined by a constellation of physical, cognitive, emotional and spiritual manifestations, varying in length and severity. While grief reactions are common and expected responses to loss, they have the potential to cause significant suffering. And, while grief is not a disease, it can develop into a pathological process warranting specialized treatment. Additionally, some aspects of grief overlap with the symptoms of clinical depression and anxiety, making diagnosis difficult. Grief and Bereavement in the Adult Palliative Care Setting provides practical, evidence-based, and clinically effective approaches to understanding the multifaceted nature of grief and bereavement in patients with advanced illness and their caregivers. This handbook is an ideal tool for palliative care providers of various disciplines who provide direct clinical services to patients and family members. It assists clinicians in recognizing and identifying grief reactions as unique expressions of patients and caregivers’ history and psychological functioning. Primary care physicians who provide care to patients and families will also find this practical assessment and treatment guide helpful. They will learn how to best support bereaved patients and caregivers when grief is uncomplicated, and when to choose more active interventions that may include appropriate referrals to mental health professionals.



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Oxford Handbook of Palliative Care, Third Edition (Oxford Medical Handbooks)

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Nov 262019

The Oxford Handbook of Palliative Care returns for a third edition, maintaining the concise yet comprehensive format suited to the busy practitioner for quick access to key information, and fully updated to reflect changes in the palliative care landscape.

Featuring an increased emphasis on non-malignant diseases such as dementia, this authoritative text combines evidence-based care with the bedside experience of experienced palliative care professionals to give the reader a complete overview of the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of care for the end-of-life patient. Symptom management is covered in detail, with updated formulary tables and syringe driver protocols, and a new chapter on international perspectives to broaden the reader’s perception of methods for delivering end-of-life care.

The third edition of the Oxford Handbook of Palliative Care is the essential companion for all of those working with adults, children, and families with palliative care needs, in both hospital and community settings

“this is a superb update to an already excellent book and especially for primary care, this is a great support for helping to manage a particular patient … This book is full of gems and offers excellent clinical support for a health care professional involved in providing direct patient palliative care.” – Dr Harry Brown,MBChB, Glycosmedia

About the Author
Max Watson, Director Project ECHO Hospice UK, London; Consultantin in Palliative Medicine, Western Trust, Enniskillen; Visiting Professor, University of Ulster, Belfast, UK,Stephen Ward, Teacher Practitioner Pharmacist, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Belfast, Northern Ireland,Nandini Vallath, Academic Consultant, Palliative Care Training Program Coordinator for India, Indo-American Cancer Association, Houston, USA,Jo Wells, Nurse Consultant (Triage), Southern Adelaide Palliative Service, Australia,Rachel Campbell, ADEPT Clinical Leadership Fellow and Speciality Trainee in Palliative Medicine, Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency, Northern Ireland, UK

Max Watson is Director of Project ECHO at Hospice UK in London, former Medical Director of Northern Ireland Hospice, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queens University Belfast. Max is an author and editor with OUP including the End of Life Care series. His research interests include generalist palliative care education, cancer cachexia, dementia care at the end of life, and the use of bedside ultrasound.
Trained in theology and medicine, Max worked in Nepal as a GP before palliative training in London and Belfast. He has developed a range of teaching programmes for generalists, including the European Certificate in Essential Palliative Care, used in the UK, India, Malta, Nepal and Kyrgystan.
Since 2014 he has been pioneering Project ECHO methodology as a means of democratising medical knowledge, tele-mentoring and building communities of practice.
Clinically, Max currently provides a Palliative Medicine Liaison service to acute hospitals in the Western Trust in Northern Ireland.

Rachel Campbell is a speciality trainee in palliative medicine at the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA), and was formerly was an ADEPT Fellow on the Clinical Leadership Fellow’s Program.

Nandini Vallath is a clinical consultant and director of projects at the Trivandum Institute of Palliative Sciences in India. She was awarded the 2015 Cancer Aid Society Palliative Care Award for Excellence and Leadership in the SAARC region. Nandini collaborates with NGOs and government officials to develop policies to improve palliative care, and has helped develop modules for palliative care at undergratudate ad professional levels.

Stephen Ward is a Teacher Practitioner Pharmacist in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. In addition to providing a clinical pharmacy service in the Royal Victoria Hospital, he has also developed a medication safety programme for final year medical students. Stephen studied pharmacy in Queen’s University Belfast before working as a hospital pharmacist in Uganda. Following this, he worked as a clinical pharmacist in the Belfast Trust and Northern Ireland Hospice. His research interests include medical education, palliative care and respiratory medicine.

Jo Wells is a Nurse Consultant at the Southern Adelaide Palliative Service in Australia, and was formerly a Support Services Co-ordinator at The Leukaemia Foundation, South Australia.

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Drugs in Palliative Care

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Sep 122019

While palliative care has adopted a holistic approach to treatment, medication driven symptom management ostensibly forms the critical aspect of care. Pharmacological therapy can be extremely complex because these patients often have co-existing medical conditions in addition to symptoms caused by their terminal disease. The resulting polypharmacy can be daunting for professionals and can negatively impact on effectiveness of care.

The practitioner requires a simple, easy to navigate reference source that provides succinct and pertinent drug information. This detailed yet concise handbook will appeal to a variety of healthcare professionals involved in the provision of palliative care and medicines information. It begins with an overview of pharmacology and prescribing advice then contains over 100 entries of palliative care drugs, in an easy to use A-Z format.



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Integrated Palliative Care of Respiratory Disease, Second Edition

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Aug 022019

The second edition of this book brings together the knowledge, skills and attitudes of specialists in both respiratory and palliative medicine to focus on the palliative care of patients with respiratory diseases. It deals not only with end of life care but also with symptom control and supportive care to improve the quality of life of those living their lives with advanced progressive lung disease.
Integrated Palliative Care of Respiratory Disease builds on the previous edition introducing new models of care for patients with advanced lung disease. These models emphasize the introduction of palliative and supportive care at an earlier stage in the disease, and running disease-modifying and palliative treatments in parallel. There is a new chapter on the role of palliative care in lung transplantation’. The book highlights significant new research into key respiratory diseases and some on-going controversies about issues such as best models of care for different diseases and advance care planning.

This book is an invaluable reference for doctors, trainees and clinical nurse specialists in respiratory and palliative medicine, and is of interest to anyone who wishes to gain a better understanding of the complex nature of palliative care in respiratory disease.



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Palliative Care for Infants, Children, and Adolescents: A Practical Handbook

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Apr 292019

There are few things requiring more expertise, delicacy, and compassion than caring for an infant, child, or young adult with a life-limiting condition. Written by leading researchers, clinicians from relevant disciplines, family members, and advocates, this practical guide provides professionals involved in pediatric palliative and end-of-life care with comprehensive information in a single volume.

Thoroughly updated and expanded, this edition includes chapters addressing the unique challenges facing children with HIV/AIDS and their families, care in home and ICU settings, difficult decision-making processes, and the importance of communication with the child and family, as well as completely new chapters on spiritual dimensions of care and educational and advocacy initiatives. Intended for primary care physicians, pediatric practitioners and specialists, home care and hospice personnel, pastoral counselors, and affected families, the book includes useful resource and reference material and practical, hands-on tips.

With contributions from an international group of expert educators, clinicians, and parents, this book takes a truly interdisciplinary approach to pediatric palliative care, presenting best practices, clear instruction, and the latest information and research for anyone involved in pediatric palliative and end-of-life care.



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