Palliative care in the acute hospital setting: A practical guide

Paperback | November 21, 2009

bySara Booth, Polly Edmonds, Margaret Kendall

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Hospital palliative care teams have been established in rapidly increasing numbers over the last 20 years, as it has been recognised that hospices can never transfer the philosophy and practice of palliative care into the acute sector by simply existing; they often work as 'stand alone units'and remain outside mainstream medicine. However it has become apparent that improving access to palliative care for patients in acute hospitals is not as easy as employing external palliative care specialists as consultants. Even setting up a team of professionals who work solely in a hospital willoften not improve the care of the great majority of patients being treated there. Based on the extensive experience and knowledge of three clinicians in the area who have developed palliative care services in acute settings, this book provides those facing the same challenges with practical guidance and down to earth advice on a range of problems they might encounter. Using aproblem focused and practical approach, Palliative Care in the Acute Hospital Setting: a practical guide is filled with case-based problems to help readers identify realistic, usable, everyday solutions. It also covers the skills and knowledge needed to help teams make progress in the hospital aswell as outlining the best training to help them continue to flourish. Written in an accessible style with short and focussed chapters, this clearly laid out book helps readers find the information they need to tackle particular problems easily and with confidence. With a supportive outlook and covering the non-clinical management aspects of palliative care, this bookis the ideal guide for palliative care specialists making the transfer from hospice to hospital, and for those setting up palliative care teams in the acute hospital setting.

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Hospital palliative care teams have been established in rapidly increasing numbers over the last 20 years, as it has been recognised that hospices can never transfer the philosophy and practice of palliative care into the acute sector by simply existing; they often work as 'stand alone units'and remain outside mainstream medicine. Howe...

Dr Sara Booth trained in palliative care at St Christopher's Hospice in London and Sobell House in Oxford. After holding an NHS RandD Training Fellowship at the Oxford Radcliffe Trust, she moved to Cambridge in 1998 to set up a hospital palliative care service and has continued research in Breathlessness and evaluating a Breathlessnes...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.02 inPublished:November 21, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199238928

ISBN - 13:9780199238927

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Table of Contents

1. Palliative care in the acute hospital2. Getting started: structure and function of the team3. Organising clinical care4. Being part of the mainstream in the acute hospital5. Multidisciplinary working in practice6. Bureaucracy and money7. Education in the acute hospital8. Training issues in palliative medicine9. Research in the acute trust10. Personal survivalAppendix 1Appendix 2