Book review: A Really Practical Handbook of Children’s Palliative Care

A useful book for nurses who want to understand children’s palliative care.

A Really Practical Handbook of Children’s Palliative Care for Doctors and Nurses Anywhere in the World

A Really Practical Handbook of Children's Palliative Care


Justin Amery | Lulu Publishing Services | £11.52 | 446pp | ISBN: 978-1483444024


The aim of this useful book is to help us to understand and feel confident we can provide children’s palliative care across a variety of settings.

Arranged in 15 parts, the book sets out the simple questions we ask when working with children who are dying. The content supports what we already know and develops knowledge where there are gaps.

It covers practical topics such as symptom management, communicating with children about the end of life, grief and bereavement.

The section on symptom management describes what a symptom is, its potential causes, its effect, and how to assess and manage it. Where management and treatment refer to medicines, the Association for Paediatric Palliative Medicine master formulary is a valuable resource.

The author recognises the challenges of working in children’s palliative care, and explores what is stressful and how we can make ourselves more resilient.

Reviewed by Helen Bennett, director of care at the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, Berkshire

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