A Practical Guide to Palliative Care

by Jerry L. Old, Daniel L. Swagerty

Designed for easy use at the bedside, this manual contains the practical information health care professionals need to provide optimal end-of-life care. The book presents a multidimensional, holistic approach to assessment and management of the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of the patient and family. Topics covered include cultural diversity in end-of-life care; communicating with patients and families; predicting life expectancy; terminal care; non-pain symptom management; pain control; palliative interventions; pediatric palliative care; record keeping; and ethics.

The succinct, user-friendly presentation features bullet points and numerous quick-reference tables. Each chapter includes an “In a Nutshell” summary of key points.

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