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A Practical Guide to End of Life Care

This book looks beyond medical care to consider issues such as the legal processes surrounding death. Each chapter is based on a question that is explored in detail through case studies and activities to encourage readers to reflect on their own situation

This book looks beyond medical care to consider issues such as the legal processes surrounding death. Each chapter is based on a question that is explored in detail through case studies and activities to encourage readers to reflect on their own situation.

The stories of three families are followed throughout the book, and a balance is struck between the factual and the personal to help readers work through reflection exercises. Essential elements of end of life care, including communication, symptom management and personal care during bereavement, are highlighted.

The easy-to-read chapters emphasise the need to treat people who are dying with dignity and use a person-centred approach.

The book supports the delivery of quality care by recognising physical and non-physical symptoms, and people’s emotional and physical needs. It is also important that caregivers look after themselves and advice is given on how best to do this.

At first glance, this appears to be a text-heavy book, but information boxes, signposting and case studies have been used effectively to break up the sections, making it easier to understand.

The writing style is accessible, and would be useful for professional and non-professional carers alike. I would also recommend it to family carers who are seeking advice about providing end of life care.

The book would help healthcare professionals identify how their skills can be best used during end of life care and death.

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