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A practical guide to end of life care

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’This book is essential for all health, social and allied professionals. It is also an essential read for student health, social and allied professionals.’

Title: A practical guide to end of life care

Edited by: Clair Sandler

Publisher: Open University Press

Reviewer: Helen Reeves

What was it like?

A practical guide to end of life care is an easy to use book appropriate for all health and social care professionals. This book looks at caring for people at the end of their lives and provides health and social care professionals with a wealth of information from experts, hints and tips and real life case studies.

What were the highlights?

You only get one chance to get end of life care right and this practical guide is a great book at providing guidance and information for professionals caring for people at the end of their lives. The book covers a wide range of topics and is easy to read and follow. I particularly liked the chapter on how can we look after ourselves? It covers the emotional toll that caring for people who are dying can have on individuals and provides practical ideas and strategies for coping. A really useful chapter for all health and social care professionals involved in the care of people at the end of their lives.

Strengths & weaknesses:

Its layout is easy to use and easy to read. The chapters are set out in manageable sizes and cover a wide range of topics from what end of life means to common physical and non-physical symptoms and  how people’s beliefs, values and attitudes influence their dying. The use of case studies enables the reader to link theory to practice and there is also good use of reflective pauses throughout the book that gets the reader to reflect on what they do with the aim to improve the individuals practice. There is also a good use of signposting throughout the book which directs the reader to other useful resources and information for further learning.

Who should read it?

This book is essential for all health, social and allied professionals. It is also an essential read for student health, social and allied professionals. It is appropriate for all professionals caring for people at the end of their lives.

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