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Palliative Care Nursing at a Glance

Suitable for nurses in all working environments, this straightforward and well-structured book summarises the complex situations encountered in palliative care

Suitable for nurses in all working environments, this straightforward and well-structured book summarises the complex situations encountered in palliative care.

Divided into six parts, with illustrations and diagrams presented alongside the text, the book would be a robust personal reference resource for a wide range of topics.

It describes many of the relevant approaches to palliative care, and its section on symptom control in condition-specific situations is particularly good.

Palliative care in prisons or for homeless people is rarely considered, but this book offers a thought-provoking exploration of both. How it describes the complexity of supporting individuals who require palliative care in these situations is especially useful.

One weakness of the book, however, lies in its introduction. This includes an outline of palliative care that seems less well researched than the rest of the text, possibly due to the sheer complexity of the subject. The introduction

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Suitable for nurses in all working environments, this straightforward and well-structured book summarises the complex situations encountered in palliative care.

Divided into six parts, with illustrations and diagrams presented alongside the text, the book would be a robust personal reference resource for a wide range of topics.

It describes many of the relevant approaches to palliative care, and its section on symptom control in condition-specific situations is particularly good.

Palliative care in prisons or for homeless people is rarely considered, but this book offers a thought-provoking exploration of both. How it describes the complexity of supporting individuals who require palliative care in these situations is especially useful.

One weakness of the book, however, lies in its introduction. This includes an outline of palliative care that seems less well researched than the rest of the text, possibly due to the sheer complexity of the subject. The introduction also appears to conclude that palliative care is unlikely to be improved in non-specialist settings, which is not necessarily the case.

This is a shame, but if readers dip into the other parts, this weakness seems less important.

Overall, the book is a comprehensive resource that describes and demonstrates all of the important principles and approaches to palliative care.

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