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In this far-ranging textbook on palliative and end of life care, John Costello and a team of palliative care specialists take a patient-centred approach. Discussing palliative and end of life care across a range of diseases and illnesses, each chapter includes real-life case studies that focus on both the patient experience and the experiences of the family members of service users. Original in its approach to palliative and end of life care, Adult Palliative Care
focuses on a range of non-cancer conditions. Thoughtfully balancing theory with practice, and interprofessional in its scope, Adult Palliative Care
would benefit any health professional dealing with or working in the field of palliative and end of life care.
The aim of this book is to raise the awareness of healthcare professionals working in palliative care of the experiences of those families and patients on the palliative care journey. Throughout the book, the patients’ feelings are emphasised with illustrative stories and patient quotations. Indeed, the chapter on living with cancer is written by a former health service manager who was diagnosed with myeloma and has required dialysis.?
This is a good primer on palliative care for nurses and other allied health professionals; my opinion would be that it would be good for medical students and interns as well.