Resilience in palliative care: achievement in adversity

Paperback | October 26, 2007

EditorBarbara Monroe, David Oliviere

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The first book of its kind,Resilience and Palliative Care - Achievement in Adversity takes the increasing international literature on resilience and applies it to palliative and end-of-life care. The Book offers an overview of all key aspects of palliative care, presented through a resilienceperspective. Why do some patients and families break down while others surmounts the challenges facing them? What interventions strengthen individual, family and community coping? This book aims to facilitate change with people facing the crisis of death, dying and bereavement. Much of theexisting literature has focused on risk, problems and vulnerability, but this emerging concept of resilience focuses on strengths and possibilities. The 'total pain'/'total care' approach pioneered by Dame Cicely Saunders and St Christopher's Hospice now needs reinterpreting in the light of changing contexts and challenges. The realities of demographic change and resource-constrained health and social care environments have generated anincreasingly risk focused approach to service delivery. A narrowly medicalised approach has inevitable limitations; professional care alone will be unable to meet need and demand in the face of ageing populations, changing patterns of illness and the need for equity. The resilience approach offersa counterbalance that harnesses the strengths of individuals and the communities in which they live and in which most of their dying will take place. Resilience thinking emphasises the importance of public health and creates a partnership between patients, professionals and community structures,seeking to build community capacity and to deliver a preventive health care that will leave future generations less afraid of the dying and bereavement that will confront all of us. This book offers insights into how, at all levels of planning and delivering palliative care, there is the opportunity to maximise coping, build an infrastructure for self-help, and increase the capacity of strengthened teams and organisations.

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The first book of its kind,Resilience and Palliative Care - Achievement in Adversity takes the increasing international literature on resilience and applies it to palliative and end-of-life care. The Book offers an overview of all key aspects of palliative care, presented through a resilienceperspective. Why do some patients and fami...

Barbara Monroe has been a social worker for over 30 years. She joined St Christopher's Hospice in London in 1987 and became Chief Executive in 2000. She is also Director of the Candle children's bereavement project and Chair of the National Childhood Bereavement Network. She is a member of the Commission on the Future of Volunteering ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.71 inPublished:October 26, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199206414

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Table of Contents

1. Kerry Bluglass: Resilience and its narrative2. Max Watson: Resilience and the psychobiological base3. Julie Stokes: Resilience and bereaved children4. Talia Zaider and David Kissane: Resilient families5. Sheila Payne: Resilient carers and caregivers6. Joan Marston: Resilience and paediatric palliative care7. Stefan Vanistendael: Resilience and spirituality8. Adrian Tookman: Resilience and rehabilitation9a. Linda Machin: Resilience and bereavement - part 19b. Phyllis Silverman: Resilience and bereavement - part 210. Malcolm Payne: Resilient multiprofessional teams11a. Peter Speck: Resilient organisations - part 111b. Tim Jackson: Resilient organisations - part 212. Allan Kellehear and Barbara Young: Resilient communities13. Stephen Regel: Resilience in trauma and disaster14. Amanda Bingley and Liz McDermott: Resilience in resource-poor settings15. Nigel Hartley: Resilience and creativity