This chapter provides an overview of breathlessness in patients receiving palliative care. It draws on research studies and other literature on the subject and outlines the most appropriate management... strategies in the palliative-care setting...
Evidence-Based Practice in Palliative Ca...re
This chapter provides an overview of the development of evidence-based practice (EBP), considers the processes of EBP and discusses its limitations in palliative care......
Communication Skills in Palliative Care
This chapter focuses on the importance of communication skills as a central aspect of the nursing assessment and management of patients and families receiving palliative care......
Occupational Stress in Palliative Care
This chapter explores the search for meaning in palliative caregivers, the 'wounded healer', sources of suffering in clinical work and coping strategies......
Decision-making at the end of life necessarily occurs within an ethical framework. Dying and death occur in a context of personal values and beliefs about suffering, the meaning of death and the place... of an individual within family and society...
Confusion and Terminal Restlessness
This chapter explores the phenomena of acute confusion and terminal restlessness. The current evidence regarding assessment and management is discussed and practical strategies are provided for nurses... caring for confused patients...
Paediatric Palliative Care
This chapter provides an overview of the issues involved in paediatric palliative care and the strategies that can be used in a comprehensive approach to care......
This chapter shows nurses how the use of complementary therapies can be understood as an empowerment strategy that can be used by palliative-care patients and their families to regain a sense of contr...ol over their illness and its management...
Working with Families
This chapter focuses on work with care of families in the palliative phase of a person's illness......
Psychological and Existential Distress
Potential causes of transient distress in palliative care include insensitive comments, long waits in clinical departments and disease symptoms. Such potential causes of distress should be an importan...t focus of attention in everyday nursing practice..
Framing Palliative Care
The purpose of this chapter is to disseminate knowledge of palliative-care nursing to improve the care of people at the end of their lives and to provide care and assistance to their families, friends... and carers...
Sexuality and Body Image
This chapter aims to highlight why sexuality and body image need to be considered in the palliative care context and outlines strategies to assist nurses to discuss and respond to sexuality issues tha...t can arise in the palliative-care setting...
Palliative Care in Chronic Illness
This chapter is concerned with specialist palliative care of adults suffering from illnesses other than cancer......
This chapter provides guidelines to assist in the identification of people at risk of adverse bereavement outcomes, highlights the importance of grief education, and provides examples of different typ...es of general bereavement support...
Caring for Dying People in Critical Care
This chapter explores issues of caring for dying people in critical care through interviews with doctors and nurses in general adult critical-care units in the United Kingdom (Seymour 2001)......
What is the Psychosocial Impact of Cance...r?
This chapter guides health professionals through how to support a patient who has just been diagnosed with cancer. It also defines the psychosocial impact of cancer, the concerns that are brought with... this and how to deal with these various concerns...
This chapter discusses staff responsibilities, advises on staff health and hygiene and provides a guide on what to do if either they or a resident are infected with an infection......
Providing Group Programs for Cancer Pati...ents and Carers
This chapter outlines two peer support options available for cancer patients and their carers: peer group programs and support groups......
Common Infections and Infectious Disease...s
This chapter discusses some of the important features of common infections and infectious diseases......
This chapter offers practical suggestions that nurses may utilise to support themselves, each other and significant others. Some are orientated toward the self, others are suggested in support of othe...rs. It suggests that if nurses offer and receive the support necessary to function, care of the oncology client, although challenging, will remain a rewarding and fulfilling experience.