Improving Care for the End of Life: A Sourcebook for Health Care Managers and Clinicians by Joanne LynnImproving Care for the End of Life: A Sourcebook for Health Care Managers and Clinicians by Joanne Lynn

Improving Care for the End of Life: A Sourcebook for Health Care Managers and Clinicians

byJoanne Lynn, Janice Lynch Schuster, Anne Wilkinson

Hardcover | July 31, 2007

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Health care professionals seeking to improve the quality of life for those living with serious illness and nearing the end of life will find exactly what their organization needs in the second edition of this acclaimed book by Dr. Joanne Lynn and her colleagues. Improving Care for the End ofLife provides expert guidance on how to make significant improvements now, at all levels of the health care system from the bedside and the hospital to the health care policy and legislative arenas by using the rapid-cycle breakthrough approach to change. The ideas are proven, and the stories ofteams that have put them to use will inspire and enlighten. New to the second edition: * New chapters to address issues of growing interest such as continuity of care, and the special needs of dementia patients and their loved ones. * Details on trajectories of care and how these affect decisions at the end of life * Updated and expanded information onpain management, advance care planning, ventilator withdrawal, depression and delirium, advanced heart and lung disease, and more * Scores of new insights, measurement approaches, and tips based on the experiences of hundreds of improvement teams nationwide * Thoroughly updated references The sourcebook speaks to all managers of health care systems serving people with serious illnesses, including doctors in offices, nurse managers on hospital units, social workers in long-term care facilities, administrators of home care and hospice agencies, hospital chaplains, directors ofvolunteer services, and others.
Joanne Lynn is a Director at RAND Center to Improve Care of the Dying.
Title:Improving Care for the End of Life: A Sourcebook for Health Care Managers and CliniciansFormat:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 0.98 inPublished:July 31, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195310429

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Table of Contents

Part One: Overview. 1. Introduction: Continuous Quality Improvement for Better End-of-Life Care2. How to Make Improvement HappenPart Two: Improved Patient Care Through Improved Practice and Systems. 3. Preventing, Assessing and Treating Pain4. Managing Dyspnea and Ventilator Withdrawal5. Beyond the Living Will: Advance Care Planning for All Stages of Health and Disease6. Relationships, Spirituality and Bereavement: Support for Difficult Times7. Preventing and Healing Pressure Ulcers8. Continuity of Care: Ways to Improve Patient Confidence in the Health Care SystemPart Three: Arrangements to Promote Reform. 9. Hospital-Based "Palliative Care" Consults and Units10. Beyond Number Crunching: Ways to Use Information Systems in Quality Improvement11. Caring for Caregivers: Helping Staff to Provide Good Care12. Law, Policy, and FinancePart Four: Opportunities in Specific Diseases. 13. Alzheimer's and Other Dementias: Opportunities to Honor Life14. Opportunites to Improve Care for Cancer Patients15. Depression and Delirium16. Offering End-of-Life Services to Patients with Advanced Heart or Lung Failure17. Conclusion:Getting StartedAppendix: Instruments. Resources. Glossary. References. Index.

Editorial Reviews

"This volume provides busy front-line clinicians and case managers with abundant resources for tangible contributions to the well-being of patients who are confronting the end of life...Essential reading, not only for patients and their caregivers, but for all who, sooner or later, whetherthey like to think of it or not, might require the care of dedicated health care professionals."--JAMA