Palliative Care - An Integrated Part of Cancer Care
- Introduces background information and defines 'palliative care'
- Discusses the change of attitude necessary to remove the negative connotations associated with palliative care
- Examines the barriers to providing good palliative care in nursing
- Provides guidance through an array of questions nurses can ask themselves through breaking barriers to providing good palliative care
- Assesses 'good nursing' and 'bad nursing' in terms of caring for a patient in a hospice
- Guides nurses in how to make the most of their limited time to spend with their patients
- Case studies are provided - including a detailed study to the approach to integrated care
In this chapter a model of care has been demonstrated that recognises palliative care as a positive step in the management of patients with advanced cancer. By combining the knowledge and skills of all specialities, challenging nurses' attitudes and beliefs about the care they deliver and recognising the need to change many of the traditions, rituals, mores and policies and procedures that have developed within nursing cultures over the decades, nurses can help patients to look forward to a greater quality of life.
- When death is inevitable
- Changing the focus
- Changing routine management
- Ritual as practice
- Challenging routine nursing practice
- What is good nursing and what is bad nursing?
- Nursing and the time factor
- Public perceptions
- A case study approach to integrated care