Compassion: The Essence of Palliative and End-of-life Care

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Oxford University Press, Oct 15, 2015 - Medical - 226 pages
Since the efforts of Dame Cicely Saunders and the founders of the modern hospice movement, compassion has become a fundamental part of palliative care. In this ground-breaking book, international experts give their critical thoughts on the essence and role of compassion, in both palliative and hospice care over the past half-century.
Compassion: The essence of palliative and end of life care provides insight into the motivations for, and practice of, compassionate palliative and hospice care, featuring the reflections of leading healthcare professionals, social workers, chaplains and educators. Chapters utilise case examples and first-hand experiences to explore the historical and contemporary discourse surrounding the concept of compassion in palliative medicine.
This book is relevant to a multidisciplinary audience of palliative care practitioners, including undergraduate and graduate students in sociology, psychology and theology, and healthcare professionals in oncology and gerontology.
 

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Contents

a conceptual reading for palliative and endoflife care
1
2 Janet AbrahmHealing connections
11
3 Mary Baines Understanding pity
23
4 Ira ByockService
31
5 Augusto CaraceniRoots
41
6 Carlos CentenoLessons learnt
51
7 Mark CobbSuffering
59
8 David CurrowCourage
69
13 Liz GwytherEnlightened resolve
115
14 Jo HockleySpirit
123
15 Peter HudsonVulnerability
133
16 Mari LloydWilliams Community
145
17 Anne Merriman Interconnectedness
155
18 Daniela Mosoiu Compassionate love
165
19 Irene Renzenbrink Compassionate organizations
175
20 Mary VachonThe light and the shadow
185

9 Julia DowningSeeds sown
77
10 Betty FerrellEmpathic entrée
85
11 Kathy FoleyThe Golden Rule
95
12 Charles von Gunten The truth of time
105
lessons from our teachers
199
References Bibliography and Resources
207
Index
219
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Philip Larkin, Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing, Palliative Care, University College Dublin and Our Lady's Hospice and Care Services, Dublin Ireland

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