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Palliative Care. Second Edition

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’Medics and nurses would find this book a useful book to have within their own personal library as palliative care can touch many specialisms’

Title: Palliative Care. Second Edition

Authors: Christina Faull and Kerry Blankley

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Reviewer: Helen Reeves, clinical nurse manager, St Giles Walsall Hospice

What was it like?

The palliative care book, second edition, is a practical resource for professionals in the arena of palliative care. It covers a range of topics from palliative care principles, assessment decision making and care planning, symptom management through to the end of life, use of syringe drivers, legal and ethical issue and core competencies.

What were the highlights?

This edition is a well written, easily accessible book for all professionals. The boom is well laid out and provides up to date knowledge and also personal experiences of palliative care. I particularly found the learning exercises throughout the book useful and will take away tips and hints from these.

Strengths & weaknesses:

The set out of the book is easy to read and written in style that is easy to follow. It is useful to have at the start of each chapter a break down of what is covered and is also beneficial to have chapters summarized into key points at the end. The case history’s used throughout are a useful to expand thinking and get the reader to apply what they have just learnt. The chapter on symptom management is excellent and covers a range on symptoms from pain, breathlessness and nausea. It provides guidance on use of medication and when to switch and escalate. There is also an excellent part on euthanasia and how professionals can respond to patients requests and what they may actually be asking.

Who should read it?

An essential book for all professionals working in a palliative care environment. Medics and nurses would find this book a useful book to have within their own personal library as palliative care can touch many specialisms. Also would be a useful book for medical and nursing students as an introduction to palliative care.

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