Palliative Care And Communication: Experiences In The Clinic

Paperback | May 1, 2002

byAnne-Mei The

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Palliative Care and Communication seeks explanations for the sense of optimism found among patients with small-cell bronchial carcinoma or lung cancer. Over a period of five years the author used ethnographic research methods to monitor the illness processes of patients from the time of receiving bad news until their death, from the perspectives of the various people involved: the patient, family and relatives, the doctors and nursing staff. Based on narrative descriptions, interspersed with observations, the author demonstrates 'why things happen the way they do in practice'. The book explores informal codes, ambiguous messages, the dilemma between professional detachment and personal involvement, patterns of information and communication during the phases of the illness, the latent realisation of approaching death, and the ambivalence of patients with regard to 'knowing and not knowing'.

Anne-Mei The's engaging writing style and extensive use of narrative make this book accessible to a wide range of readers: doctors, nurses, policy-makers, patients, relatives, researchers in the field of health care, and social scientists. It is suitable for use on various branches of medical and nursing training to illustrate the process of communication with patients during the terminal phase of a patient's illness.

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Palliative Care and Communication seeks explanations for the sense of optimism found among patients with small-cell bronchial carcinoma or lung cancer. Over a period of five years the author used ethnographic research methods to monitor the illness processes of patients from the time of receiving bad news until their death, from the pe...

Anne-Mei The is a senior researcher working at the Department of Social Medicine and Institute for Research in Extramural Medicine at the VU University Medical Center and project leader of the COPZ Noord Nederland (Northern Netherlands Centre for Palliative Care). She studied cultural anthropology at the University of Amsterdam, and la...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:3.66 × 2.44 × 0.36 inPublished:May 1, 2002Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0335212050

ISBN - 13:9780335212057

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Table of Contents

Series editor's preface
Introduction
Patients
Doctors and nurses
The rising curve
Rescue therapy
Optimism and recovery
Reflection and anxiety
Recurrence
Declining optimism
No therapy for Mr Wessels
Breaking down optimism and ambivalence
The familiar hospital
Parting
Conclusion
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index.

Editorial Reviews

"I would recommend this book to all professionals who work with cancer patients as it offers a valuable, honest and critical account of the way they cope with their illness." - Christiane Banton