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Oxford Handbook of Palliative Care


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Introduction; 1. Ethical issues; 2. Breaking bad news; 3. Research in palliative care; 4. Principles of drug use in palliative care; 5. Oncology and palliative care; 6. Symptom management; 7. Paediatric palliative care; 8. End of life Care in Non-Malignant disease; 9. Spiritual Care; 10. Contribution to palliative care of allied health professions; 11. Complimentary therapies in palliative care; 12. Palliative care in the home; 13. Hospital Liaison palliative care; 14. Palliative care for people with learning difficulties; 15. Emergencies in palliative care; 16. The terminal phase; 17. Bereavement; 18. Self care; 19. Miscellaneous

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Highly commended in the medicine category of the British Medical Association Book Awards 2010

About the Author

Max Watson is a consultant at the Northern Ireland Hospice , and lecturer in Palliative Medicine at the University of Ulster. He is also an honorary consultant at the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher and Special Adviser to the Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme in Dublin. Trained in theology and medicine, Max spent eight years in Nepal working in a rural hospital where he set up a General Practice training programme, and returning to the UK he completed Palliative Medicine training in London and Belfast. Max is on the central committee of the Gold Standards Framework, a member of the the National Cancer Research Institute, and since 2000 has established a home study Certificate programme in essential palliative care which runs across the UK and internationally. He is an author of several books, including the Oxford Handbook of Palliative Care, The Oxford Core Text in Oncology, and the London and Northern Ireland Adult and Paediatric Palliative Medicine guidelines.


This is more than just a reference book: it is full of information on both the theoretical background of palliative care and the practical aspects of prescribing, symptom control and other aspects of managing this sometimes complex group of patients...It also includes useful chapters on palliation of non-malignant disease, an area that is often overlooked. * BMA Medical Book Competition 2010 *
...a remarkable book that will be useful for hospice and pallative care professionals as well as other readers. * Doody's Notes *
I would highly recommend it to everyone who is involved in end-of-life care.The book helped me to find the answers for questions and dilemas re palliative care.I read the whole book at once - I could not stop till the last page. * Review *
With a broadened remit to be accessible to non-medical readers this book is a resource for allied healthcare professionals as well as those from non-palliative care backgrounds. It provides a thorough grounding in the principles of holistic palliative care and a comprehensive summary of the pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to symptom management. The Oxford Handbook of Palliative Care 2nd edition provides an easy, accessible and applicable reference guide for healthcare professionals. It provides a thorough grounding in the principles of holistic palliative care. * European Journal of Palliative Care Medicine *

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