The Common Sense Guide To Improving Palliative Care

Paperback | February 22, 2007

byJoanne Lynn, Ekta Chaudhry, Lin Noyes Simon

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Improving care for the patients who are in the last phase of their lives has been a field that most health care providers have struggled with during last few years. Having worked with hundreds of providers throughout the country, these experienced authors know what providers need when itcomes to implementing a quality improvement project. This guide will provide user-friendly, step-by-step instructions on how to implement a quality improvement project in the full range of care settings. The instructions will be brought to life with specific examples from actual successfulprojects and key information on the best practices in the industry. Readers will also be pointed to resources available online and elsewhere, with information on how to access them. The guide will be written in an informal, maximally helpful style, with checklists, tables, and boxed information.Answering 80% of the questions in less than half the space, The Common Sense Guide is the perfect portable companion to Dr. Lynn's desk reference, Improving Care for the End of Life. The book will be of great interest to all health care professionals involved in the care of those with seriouschronic illness -- doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, clinic administrators, quality improvement experts, and so forth.

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Improving care for the patients who are in the last phase of their lives has been a field that most health care providers have struggled with during last few years. Having worked with hundreds of providers throughout the country, these experienced authors know what providers need when itcomes to implementing a quality improvement proj...

Ekta Chaudhry, M.B.B.S, MHSA, is a quality improvement specialist who consults with organizations nationwide. She has co-directed various palliative care collaboratives in effort to improve care for patients nearing end of life. Lin Simon has worked improving care for people with dementia for over twenty years and brings clinical exp...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 5.39 × 8.19 × 0.98 inPublished:February 22, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195310411

ISBN - 13:9780195310412

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Table of Contents

1. An Orientation2. Basics of Quality Improvement3. Advance Care Planning4. Preventing, Assessing, and Treating Pain5. Assuring Comfort6. Caring for Caregivers7. Continuity and Transfers8. Chronic Care: Heart and Lung Failure9. Nursing Home Quality: Pressure Ulcers10. Improving Care for People with Advanced Dementia and Their Families11. Improving Intensive Care Units12. Building a Palliative Care Program13. Hospice Program Quality14. End-of-Life Care, Spiritual Support, and Bereavement15. Beyond Quality Improvement: Policy Improvement

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"Everyone who works in palliative care needs to read this gem of a guide to achieving measurable quality improvements in palliative care, and that includes administrators...This is a practical, how-to-do-it book that is packed with useful information and written with an energy that isinfectious."--Roger Woodruff, Director of Palliative Care, Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia