Psychosocial Palliative Care

Paperback | May 6, 2014

EditorWilliam S. Breitbart, Yesne Alici

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One of the most challenging roles of the psycho-oncologist is to help guide terminally-ill patients through the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of the dying process. Patients with cancer, AIDS, and other life-threatening illnesses are at increased risk for the development ofmajor psychiatric complications, and have an enormous burden of both physical and psychological symptoms. Concepts of adequate palliative care must be expanded beyond the current focus on pain and physical symptom control to include the psychiatric, psychosocial, existential, and spiritual aspectsof care. The psycho-oncologist, as a consultant to or member of a palliative care team, has a unique role and opportunity to fulfill this promise of competent and compassionate palliative care for those with life-threatening illnesses. Psychosocial Palliative Care guides the psycho-oncologist through the most salient aspects of effective psychiatric care of patients with advanced illnesses. This handbook reviews basic concepts and definitions of palliative care and the experience of dying, the assessment and management of majorpsychiatric complications of life-threatening illness, including psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic approaches, and covers issues such as bereavement, spirituality, cultural sensitivity, communication and psychiatric contributions to common physical symptom control. A global perspective ondeath and palliative care is taken throughout the text, and an Appendix provides a comprehensive list of international palliative care resources and training programs.

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One of the most challenging roles of the psycho-oncologist is to help guide terminally-ill patients through the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of the dying process. Patients with cancer, AIDS, and other life-threatening illnesses are at increased risk for the development ofmajor psychiatric complications, and have an en...

William S. Breitbart is Chief of Psychiatry Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and Past President of the International Psychosocial Oncology Society (2010). Yesne Alici is Assistant Attending Psychiatrist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer C...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:May 6, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019991740X

ISBN - 13:9780199917402

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Part I. Modern Palliative Care1. Principles of Palliative Care2. A Global Perspective on Death3. Role of the Psycho-Oncologist in Palliative CarePart II. Psychiatric Disorders in the Palliative Care Setting4. Anxiety Disorders in Palliative Care5. Depression in Palliative Care6. Suicide, Assisted Suicide, and Desire for Hastened Death7. Delirium and other Cognitive Disorders in Palliative CarPart III. Psychosocial Issues the Palliative Care Setting8. Fatigue in Palliative Care9. Psychotherapy and Behavioral Interventions in Palliative Care10. Psychiatric and Psychological Interventions for the Control of Selected Physical Symptoms11. Spiritual and Existential Issues in the Care of the Dying12. Cross Cultural Issues13. Doctor-Patient Communication14. Grief and Bereavement15. ConclusionsAppendix: Resources for Patients and Health-Care Professionals