The Palliative Care Handbook 9th edition

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The Palliative Care Handbook 9th edition is a sought-after resource globally and now for the first time this new edition includes extensive support for advanced dementia.

A popular resource promoting clinical excellence in palliative care, this ninth edition has been updated by authors Professor Rod MacLeod and Dr Stephen Macfarlane to include comprehensive guidelines for people with dementia receiving end-of-life care.

It builds on previous editions to address the fact that dementia is now a leading cause of death across the globe but that often people with dementia are more likely to receive the palliative care that they need.

Although small in size – for ease of use by clinicians – the book’s impact is large and is often purchased by families and patients to help them understand the symptoms, treatments and drugs they are encountering.

The Palliative Care Handbook offers a thorough understanding of symptoms and treatments which emphasise the importance of a holistic approach to managing patients’ physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.

The first section of the book provides an explanation of palliative care as well as guidelines for alleviation of the symptoms and challenges commonly encountered. Considerations of the needs of the person with dementia are now embedded throughout this section.

The second section is a comprehensive listing of drug information including unlicensed uses and interactions.

Since its first publication in 1994, The Palliative Care Handbook has been consistently revised, developed and updated to be an essential and practical international resource enabling quality palliative care.

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Product details

  • Softcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: HammondCare Media (June 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0648241577
  • Product Dimensions: 180 x 120 x 10 mm


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