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Paperback 416 pp.
17 b/w line drawings & 14 b/w halftones, 171 mm x 246 mm



Publication date:
April 2012

Imprint: OUP UK

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Palliative Medicine

A case-based manual, Third Edition

Edited by Neil MacDonald, Doreen Oneschuk and Neil Hagen

Palliative care is now an integral part of the undergraduate medical curriculum. Medical education across the board is adopting a case-based approach. This book uses a series of cases to illustrate critical points in palliative medicine. The case-studies have been carefully chosen to reflect real life clinical practice. The contributors illustrate, through the case studies, the desired skills, attitudes, and knowledge required in this field of medicine.

Since publication of the second edition, many approaches to palliative care have been further refined and developed. Ongoing research has led to the improved use of existing medications, and the development of several new treatments. More is known about the psychosocial existential distress experienced by patients and their families resulting in an improved understanding by health care providers of how best to approach and assist those affected by advanced illness, and more is known about methadone and other medications with emerging uses.

The third edition of this highly popular book continues to offer a panoramic view of palliative care. It introduces a number of new topics including Neurological Disorders, The Last Days, and Palliative Sedation.

Readership : Ideal for medical students, medical and nursing staff, practising clinicians in palliative medicine, nurses working in palliative care and non-specialists involved in the care of chronically ill patients.

1. Raimundo Correa, Julia Ridley and Camilla Zimmermann: Communication in advanced illness
Interprofessional Care
2. Pippa Hall, Maryse Bouvette, Kirsten Heillman-Stille and Lynda Weaver: Interprofessional collaborative practice in palliative care
3. Gail Saiger: Pain assessment and management
4. Sharon Watanabe and Yoko Tarumi: Bone pain
5. Dwight Moulin: Neuropathic pain
6. Neil Hagen: Methadone and other novel treatments for pain
7. Neil MacDonald: Anorexia-cachexia
8. Ravi Bhargava and Martin Chasen: Cancer rehabilitation and fatigue
Respiratory problems
9. Ingrid Harle and Deborah Dudgeon: Dyspnea
Mouth care
10. Dominique Dion, Bernard Lapointe, and Martin T. Tyler: Mouth care
Gastrointestinal problems
11. Ingrid de Kock: Nausea and vomiting
12. Paul Daeninck and Tim Hiebert: Constipation
13. S. Lawrence Librach, A. Nina Horvath and E. Anne Langlois: Malignant bowel obstruction
Ethical issues
14. Eugene Bereza: An approach to ethical issues
Psychosocial and spiritual issues
15. Genevieve Thompson and Harvey Chochinov: Suffering in patients and families
16. Madeline Li and Gary Rodin: Anxiety and depression
17. Shane Sinclair: Spiritual care
18. Bernard Lapointe: Sleep
Palliative care in non-malignant disorders
19. Romayne Gallagher and Gil Kimel: Cardiac disease
20. Sara Davison: End-stage renal disease
21. Wendy Johnston and Jessica Simon: Neurological disorders
22. Martin LaBrie: HIV/AIDS
Paediatric palliative care
23. Gerri Frager and Kim Blake: When palliative care involves children: critical conversations and pain and symptom highlights
24. Anna Towers: Lymphoedema
Wounds in advanced illness
25. Vincent Maida: Wounds in advanced illness
Genitourinary symptoms
26. Pippa Hawley: Genitourinary symptoms
27. Shirley H. Bush, Bruno Gagnon and Peter G. Lawlor: Delirium
Palliative sedation
28. Jose Pereira, Valerie Gratton and Michel Beauverd: Palliative sedation
Palliative care in the intensive care unit (ICU)
29. Valerie Schulz: Palliative care in the intensive care unit (ICU)
Complementary and alternative therapies in cancer/Integrative oncology
30. Susan MacDonald and Doreen Oneschuk: Complementary and alternative therapies in cancer/Integrative oncology
The last days
31. David Henderson and Paul McIntyre: The last days

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Neil MacDonald is Founding Director of the Cancer Nutrition - Rehabilitation Program at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada and Professor of Oncology at McGill University. Doreen Oneschuk is Palliative Medicine Physician and Associate Professor in the Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Oncology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Neil Hagen is Professor in the Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Oncology at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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Special Features

  • Contains a series of cases to illustrate critical points in palliative medicine.
  • All cases are based on the experience of international experts.
  • Core objectives identified clearly at the beginning of each chapter.
  • Each chapter includes a commentary on future trends in the specialty and promising areas of research.
  • Presents 'real life' patient, family and palliative care team interactions by presenting difficult cases and following patients through the course of their illness.