Palliative Care In The HomeEdited by Derek Doyle, David Jeffrey, and Kenneth Calman
Paperback, 170 pages
This practical reference book by noted palliative care specialists gives clear guidelines on how to provide high-quality palliative care in home settings. The authors affirm that excellent palliative care can be delivered in the home, even if the patient is eventually admitted to a hospital or palliative care unit. Surveys consistently show that most people would prefer to be cared for at home rather than in an acute care facility such as a hospital.
Extensive clinical tips cover pain management, diagnosis and management of common symptoms, medication guidelines, and how to set up medical equipment such as syringe drivers. Psychosocial content includes guidelines for bereavement support.
Basic values of hospice and palliative care are evident throughout the book, including discussion of the role of the multi-disciplinary team and the ethical imperative to respect patient wishes and autonomy. Encouraging patients and familes to talk openly about their needs makes them more active partners in the care delivery system.
The clear and straightforward style makes the book usable as a reference by a wide range of readers. Highly recommended for physicians, nurses, and other care providers, as well as motivated non-professional caregivers with interest in the subject.