’This book is aimed at professionals with a special interest in palliative care’
Title: 50 studies every palliative care doctor should know
Edited by: David Hui, Akhila Reddy and Eduardo Bruera
Series editor: Michael E Hochman
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Reviewer: Helen Reeves, Operational Lead for Walsall and Inpatient Services, St Giles Hospice
What was it like?
This book captures key studies that have impacted the area of palliative care. The book aims to be a resource for anyone with an interest in palliative care and who wants to understand the evidence behind the practice.
What were the highlights?
It is well laid out and is separated into 4 sections – palliative care, symptom assessment and management, psychosocial aspects of care and communication and end of life care and planning. Each section then has research studies that are related. There are some interesting studies detailed including nurse led palliative care for advanced cancer and what patients and families want to know about hospice. Both of these studies are relevant to my area of work and provided valuable information and signposting to other studies.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The book is written in an easy to use manner. Each study discussed is presented in the same format making it easy for the reader to use, the studies are summarized well and then at the end of each study readers are alerted to other relevant studies and a clinical case review ends each study.
Who should read it?
This book is aimed at professionals with a special interest in palliative care. It is particularly relevant to anyone interested in the evidence that relates to the practice behind palliative care and would be a good book for researchers wanting to review pertinent research studies.