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Compassionate Person-Centered Care for the Dying: An Evidence-Based Palliative Care Guide for Nurses

This book helps nurses to understand the needs of patients approaching the end of life. Its seven sections are broken down into smaller chapters that explore a range of issues including care of the dying patient, tools used in practice, communication and patient advocacy, barriers and challenges to care, models of nursing and leading change.

This book helps nurses to understand the needs of patients approaching the end of life. Its seven sections are broken down into smaller chapters that explore a range of issues including care of the dying patient, tools used in practice, communication and patient advocacy, barriers and challenges to care, models of nursing and leading change.

The text is easy to read and follows a logical format. Case studies are provided, which help the reader to relate theory to practice. While it does not add anything new to the subject, the book reiterates the importance of good end of life care, excellent communication skills and being a patient advocate.

Dying is a natural process of life so aspects of this book can be transferred into all specialties of nursing; palliative care professionals would find the information particularly useful.

As the author is American and the details are based solely on the US healthcare system, some parts of the text cannot be transferred to how we provide services in the UK. However, the book can be used to compare current practices and make correlations between them, as well as offer suggestions for future service provision.

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