This volume addresses such topics as palliative care in children, infants, and gynecologic oncology patients; the role of the caregiver; the use of drugs; and ethics, organization, and policy issues. The book should not be considered as an exhaustive treatise on palliative care, the many topics covered and the experience and competence of the authors involved make it a useful tool for those who are already experts in the field as well as those who are studying this field.
Data from the World Health Organization indicate that about 40 million people worldwide require palliative care each year. We must face this enormous problem with appropriate welfare policies and training of up-to-date and competent personnel. In this context, a book that collects the experiences of authors with diverse backgrounds, and operating in different settings of palliative care, can be added to the many editorial products on the subject.
1. Introductory Chapter: Delirium in Palliative Care
2. Palliative Care of the Infant and Child in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
3. Home Based Palliative Care
4. Palliative Care in Gynaecological Oncology
5. Introducer Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy in Palliative Care of Patients with Esophageal Cancer
6. Why Are We Missing the Teeth? Addressing Oral Care Neglect in the Palliative Patient
7. Caregiver Distress in Cancer
8. The Exceptional Role of Women as Primary Caregivers for People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, West Africa
9. The Family as Recipient and Provider of Home Care: A Primary Care Perspective
10. Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting
11. Assessment and Management of Pain in Palliative Care
12. Effects of Antipsychotic Medication on Mortality in Long-Term Care Home Residents
13. Depression: A Challenge during Palliative Care
14. Multimodal Pain Management in the Setting of Palliative Care
15. Holistic/Palliative Management of Patient’s Health Care and Home Situation in a Depressed Economy
16. The Need for XR-Measurement of Decision-Making Decline and Conscious-State Transition Impairment before Nonvoluntary Euthanization of Dementia Patients
17. The Challenges Facing Palliative Care Advocacy: What Is in a Name?
18. Perspective Chapter: Who Is Making Decisions? An Open Letter to Healthcare Professionals in the Developing World
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