Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care

Paperback | June 1, 2008

EditorMari Lloyd-Williams

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Caring for patients with a terminal illness and their families requires the skills of many professionals working together as a team. It is often the psychosocial issues surrounding patients and families that cause professionals even greater difficulty than the physical symptoms. The issues ofpsychosocial assessment, treatment, care, and support of palliative care patients differs from the care of patients with early, treatable cancer - time is short and the emphasis different both from a patient and carer perspective. This new edition of a successful text examines current practice andprovision of psychosocial support as applied to palliative care patients. It is a highly practical text, comprehensively reviewing the current literature and evidence in order to demonstrate good, and better, practice in psychosocial care.The text covers a number of areas including the nature of services required to provide effective psychosocial care; cultural issues of psychosocial care and adaptation; and the importance of communication, including patients with communication difficulties; and socio-economic issues affecting thepatient with advanced metastatic disease. Specific disorders such as anxiety and depression are included, as is the integration of service provision. The book also explores the evidence of specific psychotherapeutic interventions and includes guidelines on techniques that can be used in clinicalpractice. Complementary therapies are widely sought by patients and families and the evidence base is slowly growing - a comprehensive review of such therapies including herbal and homeopathic medicines is included. Whilst spiritual support and staff support are an integral part of all aspects ofpsychosocial care, and are incorporated throughout, these areas are also discussed in-depth in individual chapters. Practical guidelines are offered throughout, to encourage the best possible care in this complex area.

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Caring for patients with a terminal illness and their families requires the skills of many professionals working together as a team. It is often the psychosocial issues surrounding patients and families that cause professionals even greater difficulty than the physical symptoms. The issues ofpsychosocial assessment, treatment, care, an...

Professor Lloyd-Williams was appointed as Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool in 2002, and in 2003 was promoted to a personal chair in recognition of her research experience. She has published over 100 papers, and is lead and chair of the Academic Palliative and Supportive Care Studies Group at Liverpool, which has secured ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:June 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199216428

ISBN - 13:9780199216420

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Table of Contents

1. Rod MacLeod: Setting the context - What do we mean by psychosocial care in palliative care?2. Cathy Heaven and the late Peter Maguire: Communication issues3. the late Frances Sheldon with an introduction by Pam Firth: Social impact of advanced metastatic cancer4. Philip J Larkin: Family centred care - psychosocial care for the marginalized5. Trevor Friedman: Current provision of psychosocial care within palliative care6. Steve Passik, Ken Kirsh and Mari Lloyd-Williams: Adjustment disorders and anxiety7. Hayley Pessin, Yesne Alici Evcimen and William Breitbart: Depression8. Frederich Stiefel and Mathieu Bernard: Psychotherapeutic interventions in palliative care9. Edzard Ernst: Complementary therapies10. Mark Cobb: Spiritual care11. Sheila Payne: Bereavement and hope12. Malcolm Payne: Staff support

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"The authors brought together the social and psychological concerns of palliative care in the first edition of this book, and this new edition brings these important themes up to date. It continues the examination of current practice, and offers a comprehensive review of the literature, in order to demonstrate good practice in psychosocial care."--Anticancer Research