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The Palliative Approach: A Resource for Healthcare Workers

124 pages3 hours


Erica Cameron-Taylor trained as a General Practitioner before undertaking advanced training in palliative care. Her particular interests are integrating palliative care into generalist care paradigms, palliative care in dementia and medical education.

This helpful book offers a simple and commonsense introduction to the care of patients in the generalist setting for whom a palliative approach is deemed appropriate. Many of these patients may be living at home or in care homes, and many may be months or even years away from the terminal phase of illness. With the aid of real-life examples and case studies, this text aims to give a wide range of healthcare professionals an understanding of, and competence in, the provision of holistic, supportive care that is focused on comfort and quality of life.

What is palliative care?
The palliative approach
Care of the elderly and dementia
Old age
Death and dying
Organ failure
Neurodegenerative disorders
The rise of chronic disease and the ‘oldest old’
Recognising the dying patient
Medical treatment versus medical care
The good referral
Grief and loss
Caring for the carer
Difficult discussions
The angel at the end of the bed
Case studies

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