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Palliative Care Nursing at a Glance

Suitable for nurses working in any setting, this book summarises many of the complex situations encountered in palliative care

Suitable for nurses working in any setting, this book summarises many of the complex situations encountered in palliative care.

Well-structured and straightforward, the six sections cover a wide range of topics and are presented to create a robust personal reference resource.

The presentation uses an impressive balance of illustrations, diagrams and text. The relevant approaches towards palliative care are underpinned by balanced narrative, while the section on symptom control in condition-specific situations is particularly good.

Palliative care in prisons or for homeless people are areas not often considered. However, this book explores the issues, adding a thought-provoking element – a welcome addition – by reflecting on the complexity of supporting individuals who require palliative care.

One weakness, however, is the book’s introduction. The outline does not seem to be as well researched as the rest of the text, which may be due to the complexity of the subject.

Unfortunately, what comes across in this introductory passage is that palliative care is so poor in many settings that there is little hope of providing it in a non-specialist setting. This is a shame but, if readers dip into the other sections, it becomes less important.

What this book does successfully, however, is provide a comprehensive resource for nurses that demonstrates key principles and approaches to palliative care.

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