Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine

Edition number: 6
Publisher: OUP Oxford
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No. of pages:1408 pages
Size:275x220x50 mm
Weight:2982 g
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Written by an established, comprehensive, multidisciplinary focused, internationally-recognized team, the sixth edition has been fully revised and brought up to date with the inclusion of recent developments in the speciality, to ensure that it retains its reputation as the definitive reference on palliative care.

Long description:
This sixth edition of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine takes us now into the third decade for this definitive award-winning textbook. It has been rigorously updated to offer a truly global perspective, highlighting the best current evidence-based practices, and collective wisdom from more than 200 experts around the world.

This leading textbook covers all the new and emerging topics, updated and restructured to reflect major developments in the increasingly widespread acceptance of palliative medicine as a fundamental public health need. The sixth edition includes new sections devoted to family and caregiver issues, cardio-respiratory symptoms and disorders, and genitourinary symptoms and disorders. In addition, the multi-disciplinary nature of palliative care is emphasized throughout the textbook, covering areas from ethical and communication issues, the treatment of symptoms, and the management of pain.

The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine is a truly comprehensive text. No hospital, hospice, palliative care service, or medical library should be without this essential source of information.

This sixth edition of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine is dedicated to the memory of Professor Kenneth Fearon husband of Professor Marie Fallon and a surgeon who became a world leader in the research and management of anorexia and cachexia. He modeled a work-life balance that is so critical in our field, with devotion to both his patients and his family.

Review from previous edition Featured as an essential purchase on Doody's Core Titles List for 2018
Table of Contents:
International progress in the development of palliative care
Essential medicines for palliative care
Human rights issues
Policy in palliative care
Building definitional consensus in palliative care
Core concepts in palliative care
The epidemiology of death and symptoms: planning for population-based palliative care
Barriers to the delivery of palliative care
Ethnic and cultural aspects of palliative and end of life care
Health economics for palliative care
Specialist palliative care along the trajectory of illness: issues in the early integration of palliative care
Palliative care delivery models
Palliative medicine in the intensive care unit
Palliative care in the emergency department
Palliative care in the nursing home
The core team and the extended team
Burnout, compassion fatigue, and moral distress in palliative care
Nursing Education in palliative care
Social work in palliative care
The role of the chaplain in palliative care
Occupational therapy in palliative care
The role of the creative arts in palliative care
The role of the dietitian in palliative care
Physiotherapy in palliative care
Speech and language therapy in palliative care
Clinical psychology in palliative care
The contribution of the clinical pharmacist in palliative care
Medical rehabilitation and the palliative care patient
Communication with the patient and family
Practical considerations including difficult conversations
Advance care planning
Family dynamics in the context of serious illness
Caregiver burden and distress
Definition and assessment of chronic pain in advanced disease
Pathophysiology of pain in cancer and other terminal illnesses
Acute cancer pain syndromes
Chronic cancer pain syndromes
Principles of drug therapy
Opioid therapy: optimizing analgesic outcomes
Opioid therapy: managing risks of abuse, addiction, and diversion
Non-opioid analgesics
Adjuvant analgesics: principles of use
Interventional approaches for chronic pain
Neurostimulation in pain management
Behavioral and psychosocial interventions for pain management
Integrative medicine therapies in pain management
Management issues in bone pain
Management issues in neuropathic pain
Management issues in visceral pain
Management issues in chronic pain following cancer therapy
Paediatric pain control
Dysphagia, dyspepsia, and hiccups
Nausea and vomiting
Constipation and diarrhoea
Jaundice, ascites, and encephalopathy
Aetiology, classification, assessment, and treatment of the anorexia-cachexia syndrome
Parenteral nutrition
Breathlessness and other respiratory symptoms in palliative care
Cough and other pulmonary symptoms
Skin problems in palliative care
Palliative wound and ostomy care
Lymphoedema and oedema of advanced disease
Oral care
Dysuria, frequency, and bladder spasm
Obstructive urinary disorders
Sexuality in palliative care: discussing patient sexuality and intimacy in palliative care
Sleep disorders
Assessment and management of thrombotic complications
Assessment and management of bleeding complications in the medically ill
Coping and resilience in palliative medicine
Depression, demoralization, and suicidality
Fear, anxiety, and adjustment disorder in palliative care
The oncologist s role in delivering palliative care
Disease-modifying therapies in advanced cancer-medical treatment
Radiotherapy in symptom management
The role of general surgery in the palliative care of patients with cancer
Orthopaedic surgery in the palliation of cancer
Integrative oncology in palliative medicine
Interventional radiology in the palliation of cancer
Neurological problems in advanced cancer
Endocrine and metabolic complications of advanced cancer
Malignant Bowel obstruction
Palliative care issues in head and neck cancers
Palliative care issues in populations with haematological malignancies
Anaemia, cytopenias, and thrombosis in palliative medicine
Advanced diseases of the lung
Advanced heart disease
Neurological disorders other than dementia
Palliative care and end-stage liver disease
End-stage kidney disease
Palliative care in catastrophic disasters and humanitarian crises
Involving children and families when someone important is dying or has died
Care of children with advanced illness
Palliative medicine and care of the elderly
Spiritual issues in palliative medicine
Integration of spiritual care into palliative care service delivery models
Predicting survival in patients with advanced disease
Physiology of dying
Management of the actively dying patient
Practical bioethics in the care of patients with advanced illness
Requests for futile or inappropriate interventions near the end of life
Autonomy and shared decision making in a multi-cultural world
Truth-telling and consent
Ethics in paediatric palliative care
Ethical issues in physician aid-in-dying
Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment (including artificial nutrition and hydration)
Medical and ethical considerations in palliative sedation at the end of life
Palliative care needs assessment tools
Informatics and literature search
Validated assessment tools for psychological, spiritual, and family issues
Teaching and training in palliative social work, chaplaincy, and pharmacy
Research in palliative care
The principles of evidence-based medicine
Understanding clinical trials in palliative care research
Qualitative research
Research into psychosocial issues
Ethical issues in palliative care research
Quality of life and patient-reported outcome measures
Health services research in palliative and end-of-life care
Clinical audit in palliative medicine