Hospice and Palliative Care: The Essential Guide

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Taylor & Francis, Apr 2, 2009 - Psychology - 278 pages
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In the past 35 years, the hospice movement has undergone major changes and has grown enormously. Palliative care is of growing importance to society as our culture struggles with how to provide compassionate end-of-life care to a growing segment of the population. This book provides professionals with a comprehensive overview of the hospice practice, as well as the challenges faced by and the future direction of the hospice movement. Chapters address the fundamentals of hospice and palliative care, including key topics such as the goals and importance of community involvement, outcome measurement, and the manner in which hospices address death, grief, and bereavement. Also provided is a detailed analysis of the business side of hospice and offers strategies for proper management for those working in hospice programs that are growing and bringing in new staff and volunteers.

This book is being published in partnership with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). 

 

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Contents

1 What Are Hospice and Palliative Care?
1
2 The Interdisciplinary Team
19
3 Symptom Management and Physical Care
39
4 Psychosocial and Spiritual Care
55
5 Grief and Bereavement
75
6 Community and Public Engagement
93
7 Managing Hospice and Palliative Care
105
8 Hospice and Palliative Care in the US Health Care System
125
11 How Palliative Care Is Unique in the Health Care System
169
12 How Good Are Hospice and Palliative Care?
181
13 Hospice and Palliative Care Around the World
201
14 The Future of Hospice and Palliative Care
213
References
229
Discussion Questions and Activities by Chapter
241
Organizational Resources
245
Index
255

9 Society and Denial
147
10 A Right to Die?
157

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