The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine is the most comprehensive work existing on the rapidly developing specialty of care for the dying.
Written by over 100 leading experts from Europe and North America, this is the first text to brin The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine is the most comprehensive work existing on the rapidly developing specialty of care for the dying.
Written by over 100 leading experts from Europe and North America, this is the first text to bring together research and practice. It provides comprehensive coverage of the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of palliative care. Throughout the book emphasis is placed on an interdisciplinary, team approach to care and the involvement of the family.
Introductory chapters consider the challenge presented by palliative medicine and discuss the historical development and the future of the specialty, cultural aspects of dying, models of care provision, and aspects of communication with patients. Following sections examine the scientific principles underlying the subject, and offer a thorough review of the current status of research in the field. Comprehensive and up-to-date guidance is given on the management of pain and other problems with the dying. As well as emphasizing the emotional, social, and psychological needs of the dying, the book considers the needs of the family and discusses bereavement, support and involvement of relatives, and home. Other chapters cover ethical aspects of care, rehabilitation, and the education and training of health professionals. Specific chapters are devoted to children and those dying of AIDS. The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine is unique in its broad-reaching, scientific, and humane coverage of the specialty, and in its emphasis upon the interdisciplinary team approach. It will become established as the definitive guide to the care of the dying, and will be an indispensable reference for all those involved with the terminally ill, from specialists in palliative care, oncologists, and geriatricians to nurses, hospice staff, and counselors. ...Continua Nascondi