Palliative Care Transforming the Care of Serious Illness

ISBN-10: 047052717X

ISBN-13: 9780470527177

Edition: 2010

Authors: Diane E. Meier, Stephen L. Isaacs, Robert Hughes

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This book is intended as an introduction and guide to palliative care, and more broadly, the medical care of the seriously ill. Although concerns about the suffering and pain that seriously ill people and their families endure is not new-the hospice movement in the United States can be dated to the mid-1960s and Elizabeth Kubler-Ross's seminal book, On Death and Dying, appeared in 1969-it was during the 1980s and 1990s that the American public began to pay serious attention. This attention has, if anything, increased during 2000s. In the late 1970s and early 1980s the field of palliative care did not exist. More often than not, a very sick or dying patient was viewed as a failure-a failure of technology and know-how to cure disease, or at least to extend life In response, the new field of medicine called palliative care came into existence -from the Latin palliare, to clothe. Palliative care focuses on the relief of suffering for patients with serious and complex illness, and tries to ensure the best possible quality of life for them and their family members. This book examines this new and significant field. Transforming Palliative Care begins with a comprehensive review of the field, written by editor Diane Meier, recipient of a Macarthur grant. What follows are twenty-five of the most important or influential articles in the field, written by its leading practitioners and analysts. These articles cover Care of the Seriously Ill: Why Is It an Important Issue?; Efforts to Cope with Death and Provide Care for the Dying; Research into End-of-Life Care; and Palliative Care: Pain and Medical Decision-making, Issues and Perspectives, and Caregiving.
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List price: $70.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 4/16/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Review of the Palliative Care Field: Original Article
The Development, Status, and Future of Palliative Care
Reprints of Key Articles and Book Chapters
Care of the Seriously Ill: Why Is It an Important Issue? Approaching Death: Improving Care at the End of Life
Decisions Near the End of Life
Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, American Medical Association
Efforts to Cope with Death and Provide Care for the Dying
The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine
The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing
Death: "The Distinguished Thing"
The Philosophy of Terminal Care
Access to Hospice Care: Expanding Boundaries, Overcoming Barriers
Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues
The Health Care Proxy and the Living Will
Terri Schiavo: A Tragedy Compounded
Research into End-of-Life Care
A Controlled Trial to Improve Care for Seriously Ill Hospitalized Patients: The Study to Understand Prognoses and Preferences for Outcomes and Risks of Treatments (SUPPORT)
SUPPORT Principal Investigators
Factors Considered Important at the End of Life by Patients, Family, Physicians, and Other Care Providers
Use of Hospitals, Physician Visits, and Hospice Care During Last Six Months of Life Among Cohorts Loyal to Highly Respected Hospitals in the United States
Family Perspectives on End-of-Life Care at the Last Place of Care
Palliative Care
The Treatment of Cancer Pain
Responding to Intractable Terminal Suffering: The Role of Terminal Sedation and Voluntary Refusal of Food and Fluids
Response to Quill and Byock, "Responding to Intractable Suffering"
Challenges in Palliative Care: Four Clinical Areas That Confront and Challenge Hospice Practitioners
Outcomes from a National Multispecialty Palliative Care Curriculum Development Project
Negotiating Cross-Cultural Issues at the End of Life: "You Got to Go Where He Lives"
Variability in Access to Hospital Palliative Care in the United States
Do Palliative Care Consultations Improve Patient Outcomes
Cost Savings Associated with U.S. Hospital Palliative Care Consultation Programs
The Loneliness of the Long-Term Care Giver
Understanding Economic and Other Burdens of Terminal Illness: The Experience of Patients and Their Caregivers
The Ends of Medicine and Society
Finding Our Way: Perspectives on Care at the Close of Life
The Editors
Name Index
Subject Index
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