Palliative medicine is the medical care provided for people who have a life limiting illness or condition. It encompasses both the physical symptoms a person may experience but also the psychosocial, emotional, and ethical issues that may arise.
Now in its fourth edition, Palliative Medicine: A case-based manual walks clinicians through the management of the most common situations found in palliative medicine, from diagnosis and managing symptoms through to grief and bereavement. Using real patient case scenarios and an easy-to-read question and answer format, it gives students and medical professionals an accessible, evidence-based entryway to gain the skills and knowledge needed to provide high quality palliative and end of life care to patients and their families.
This new edition has been fully updated to cover the latest guidance, including new chapters dedicated to medical cannabis, opioids, grief and bereavement, and wider issues including palliative care in the community, structurally vulnerable populations, and public health.
Written by over 50 experienced palliative care clinicians and educators, this book will be a welcome guide for palliative care workers, medical and nursing students, and medical professionals of any specialty where palliative needs might arise.
• An accessible and practical guide to providing high quality palliative and end of life care for patients and their families
• Walks readers through the through the entire palliative cycle from diagnosis to bereavement, and considers the physical, psychological, social, and ethical dilemmas faced
• Uses a case-based approach, with cases carefully chosen to demonstrate real scenarios faced in clinical practice and the necessary skills, attitudes, and knowledge required in each
• Includes contributions from over 50 palliative care clinicians and educators across different care settings, allowing for a huge breadth of academic and practical experience
• Written both for clinicians in day-to-day practice and students studying for certification exams
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
• Restructured and fully updated to include recent guidelines and advice in palliative medicine
• New chapter discussing the use of medical cannabis
• New chapter on the use of opioids for treating pain
• New chapter focused on grief and bereavement
• Three new chapters considering wider palliative issues: Palliative care in the community; Palliative care for structurally vulnerable populations (SVPs); and Public health palliative care