’A must for all hospices and palliative care specialties to have within their libraries and available for staff use’
Title: Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine. Fifth Edition
Edited by: Nathan Cherny, Marie Fallon, Stein Kaasa, Russell Portenoy and David C Currow
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Reviewer: Helen Reeves, clinical nurse manager, St Giles Walsall Hospice
What was it like?
The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine is a comprehensive textbook that provides in depth information on palliative care on both a national and global perspective. Included in the printed textbook is 12 months free access to the online version, which includes expanded chapters and links to articles and further reading.
What were the highlights?
This book is an excellent resource full with information from leaders in the field of palliative medicine. In its fifth edition it has been adapted to ensure a global perspective, has been captured and also focus on a range of palliative conditions not just cancer. The textbook is set out in an easily accessible and readable format. Each section has sub sections making locating information easy. It includes useful tables, charts and pictures and provides signposting to online learning materials and resources.
Strengths & weaknesses:
This edition ensures all aspects of palliative care are addressed. From palliative care in the emergency department, common skin disorders and management of these to useful tools and a section on research in palliative care. As a new research nurse I found this section of particular interest. It clearly identifies the need for research into palliative care, the need for collaborative and multidisciplinary working and how to undertake research in palliative care.
Who should read it?
An essential textbook for al professionals working within the palliative care arena. A must for all hospices and palliative care specialties to have within their libraries and available for staff use. An excellent textbook for medical and nursing students wanting to expand their knowledge in palliative care.
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