Hospice and Palliative Care: Questions and Answers

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Scarecrow Press, 1997 - Health & Fitness - 250 pages
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Hospice and Palliative Care: Questions and Answers addresses many of the most common concerns of terminally ill patients and their families. In an accessible question and answer format, the authors explain what hospice and palliative care is; describe the services offered to both patient and family (including children); and discuss admission requirements, Medicare coverage, reimbursement issues, the resources available to patient and family, and how to locate these resources in the United States. Written with the patient and the patient's family in mind, this book is also a valuable resource for social workers, medical and nursing students, and health care professionals. Hospice and Palliative Care includes special sections on AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, advance directives, bereavement, the role of the physician, the role of volunteers, the concept of informed consent, and euthanasia.
Hospice and Palliative Care can be used as a quick reference or be read in its entirety for a complete picture of hospice and palliative care in the United States. The questions are actual ones asked by patients and families as well as by caregivers, clergy, attorneys, and health care professionals seeking to help them make informed decisions during a time of trauma and crisis.
 

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Contents

WHAT IS HOSPICE?
1
B General
7
PATIENTFAMILY
27
CHILDREN
41
AIDS
45
ADMINISTRATION
87
ADVANCE DIRECTIVES
95
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE MEDICINE
105
MEDICARE HOSPICE BENEFITS
131
VOLUNTEERS
163
BEREAVEMENT
177
RESOURCES
187
APPENDIX A FORMS
213
Contents
215
INDEX
243
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
249

PHYSICIANS ADDRESS ISSUES OF PALLIATIVE CARE
111

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About the author (1997)

Virginia F. Sendor (M.S., M.P.A.), a Hospice and Geriatric Consultant and Advocate, is Chair of the Palliative and Hospice Care Institute for Education, Research, and Care (a division of the American Institute of Life-Threatening Illness and Loss, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center). Patrice M. O'Connor (R.N., M.A., C.N.A.) is a Palliative Care Consultant, Educator, Group Facilitator, and Board Member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement, and has been a Palliative Care Consultant for St. Luke Roosevelt Hospital Center and Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.

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