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Care of the Dying : A Pathway to Excellence

Edited by John Ellershaw , Edited by Susie Wilkinson

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Even for the most experienced healthcare professional, managing the last few days of life can be difficult. This unique book provides guidelines for the care of the dying based on the Liverpool Integrated Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP). Developed at a hospice, the information can be disseminated and adapted to fit different settings such as hospitals and nursing homes. The LCP is a multiprofessional document that incorporates evidence-based practice and appropriate guidelines related to care of the dying. It provides a template which describes the process of care which is generally delivered in a clinical situation and incorporates the expected outcome of care delivery. The LCP replaces all other documentation in this phase of care. Care pathways can provide a potentially powerful aid to professionals involved in palliative care. Basic principles of treatment are translated into daily practice, including bedside documentation systems, policies and procedures, standards of practice, continuing education and quality improvement programmes. This book also includes chapters on symptom control, ethical issues, communication skills, and spiritual care written by experts in the field which underpin the use of the LCP. Care of the Dying Second Edition will prove invaluable to all healthcare professionals involved in the care of the dying patient, organisations and Trusts who want to develop demonstrable measures and outcomes of care.

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 28mm | 480.81g
  • 22 Jan 2011
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 30 black and white line drawings and 5 black and white halftones
  • 0199550832
  • 9780199550838
  • 376,183

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John Ellershaw is professor of palliative medicine at the University of Liverpool and director of Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute. He is also national deputy clinical director for end of life care.

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Review from previous edition This is a book that should be widely read. As its title suggests, it provides the tools to make the sort of changes that make a difference. It would be of value to most hospital doctors, general practitioners in the UK and contains much interest for Europe and North America GPs and is packed with useful information ... I would highly recommend this book to all those professionals involved in looking after dying patients. European Journal of Cancer Care, 13 This book deserves to be widely read and will hopefully lead to the more widespread use of the Pathway, or locally adapted versions of it, both within and without specialist palliative care units. IAHPC Website

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