Topics in Palliative Care, Volume 5

Topics in Palliative Care, Volume 5

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The rapidly evolving field of Palliative Care focuses on the management of phenomena that produce discomfort and that undermine the quality of life of patients with incurable medical disorders. The interdisciplinary clinical purview includes those factors - physical, psychological, social, and spiritual - that contribute to suffering, undermine the quality of life, and prevent a death with comfort and dignity. Palliative Care is a fundamental part of clinical practice, the "parallel universe" to therapies directed at cure or prolongation of life. All clinicians who treat patients with chronic life threatening diseases are engaged in palliative care, continually attempting to manage complex symptomatology and functional disturbances. The scientific foundation of palliative care is advancing, and similarly, methods are needed to highlight, for practioners at the bedside, the findings of empirical research. Topics in Palliative Care Series is divided into sections that address a range of issues. Addressing aspects of sumptom control, psyshocsoical functioning, spiritual or existential concerns, ethics, and other topics, the chapters in each section review the given area and focus on a small number of salient issues for analysis. The authors present and evaluate existing data, provide a context drawn from clinical and research settings, and integrate knowledge in a manner that is both practical and readable. The specific topics covered in Volume 5 are Cultural issues in Palliative Care, Palliative Care in Geriatrics, Communication Issues in Palliative Care, Outcomes Research in Palliative Care, Opiod Tolerance; Reality of Myth?, and Pain and other symptoms: Treatment Challenges.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 154.9 x 236.2 x 25.4mm | 680.4g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • numerous black & white photgraphs, tables and line illustrations
  • 0195132203
  • 9780195132205

Table of contents

SECTION 1: CULTURAL ISSUES IN PALLIATIVE CARE ; SECTION II: PALLIATIVE CARE IN GERIATRICS ; SECTION IV: OUTCOMES RESEARCH IN PALLIATIVE CARE ; SECTION V: OPIOID TOLERANCE: REALITY OR MYTH? ; SECTION VI: PAIN AND OTHER SYMPTOMES: TREATMENT CHALLENGESshow more

Review quote

In summary this book provides a wealth of valuable information on some extremely important topics in palliative care. Without exception the chapters manage to inform and stimulate the reader and are applicable to palliative care in a wide variety of settings. The editors have produced a superb user-friendly book that deserves a place in every palliative care library and should be recommended to all palliative care clinicians. * Progress in Palliative Care, Volume 9, Number 6, 2001 *show more