By: K. Kuebler (Ed.)

ISBN: 9781935864899

Published by: Oncology Nursing Society

Publication date: 2017

Pages: 520

Binding: Softcover

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Integration of Palliative Care in Chronic Conditions: An Interdisciplinary Approach

With a steadily growing number of patients in the United States experiencing multiple chronic illnesses, palliative care should be integrated into the management of chronic conditions promoting a comprehensive approach to effective symptom management – boosting physical function and improved quality of life. This evolutionary change was prompted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, which expanded the discussion on patient access and requirements in the palliative care setting. Integration of Palliative Care in Chronic Conditions: An Interdisciplinary Approach will equip multidisciplinary teams with the resources necessary to provide patients and their families with the best possible care and management of multiple chronic conditions.

Written in an easily accessible outline format, this comprehensive text explores pharmacologic interventions; advance care planning; and the physiology, symptoms, diagnostics, and interventions of various chronic conditions and malignancies. In addition, case studies highlight approaches to the care of individual patients with varying backgrounds and needs.

Emphasizing the importance of selfcare, spiritual and religious support, compassion, goal setting, education, preparation, and communication in all areas of the palliative care realm, this book is an essential resource in guiding healthcare professionals in their mission of providing quality care to patients and their families.

"This book is exactly what the title says. It’s purpose ‘is to provide interdisciplinary health care teams with a road map to ensure best practices in the care and management of the largest, fastest growing, and costliest U.S. patient population — those with multiple chronic conditions.’ People have talked for years about incorporating the principles developed or rediscovered by palliative care into the mainstream management of chronic diseases. A few of the texts dealing with palliative care for non-malignant conditions included material on the management of chronic, non-terminal disease, but this book is the first systematic attempt to address the issues that I have seen.

One thing that I particularly liked about this book was that the whole text (except for the short case studies) is written in list form. Lots of headings and not one paragraph of waffle."

                                                                                  - Dr. Roger Woodruff, IAHPC Reviews Editor

To read the full book review visit the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care website. 

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