Choices in Palliative Care

Issues in Health Care Delivery

  • Arthur E. Blank
  • Sean O'Mahony
  • Amy Selwyn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Randy Hebert, Nicole Fowler, Robert Arnold
    Pages 1-17
  3. Brenda Mamber
    Pages 18-30
  4. Marlene McHugh, Francine Rainone
    Pages 31-44
  5. Carolyn Cassin
    Pages 45-61
  6. Peter A. Selwyn, Linda Robinson, Martha G. Dale, Ruth McCorkle
    Pages 84-98
  7. Manoj Karwa, Alpana Chandra, Adnan Mirza
    Pages 99-125
  8. Vikas Bhatara, Edmund H. Sonnenblick, Thierry H. Le Jemtel, Vladimir Kvetan
    Pages 126-143
  9. Tamara Vesel, Rita Fountain, Joanne Wolfe
    Pages 157-168
  10. Sean O'Mahony, Franca Martino-Starvaggi
    Pages 169-183
  11. Linda Faber-Post
    Pages 211-224
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 225-233

About this book


The average person lives with chronic disease for three to six years.

Nine out of ten deaths in America are caused by chronic illness.

Half of all care of HIV/AIDS patients is defined as palliative care.

Keeping up with these statistics means improving on traditional concepts of palliative care to meet growing demands. Choices in Palliative Care brings together 31 leading experts to spotlight core issues in the field, identify ways PC can fill gaps in current care systems, and demonstrate state-of-the-art care that is both cost-effective and clinically appropriate. This far-sighted volume redefines palliative care as interdisciplinary and integrative, providing liaisons between patients, families, and doctors; minimizing loved ones’ care burdens; bridging acute and long-term care to respond to clients’ evolving needs; adaptable to non-fatal (and possibly curable) chronic illnesses.

Key areas of coverage:

  • PC in acute care, long-term nursing facilities, hospice, and home settings
  • Models of PC for AIDS/HIV, cancer, heart disease, chronic lung disease, Alzheimer’s
  • Specific quality-of-life issues concerning children and the elderly
  • Successful business planning for PC, from funding to staffing, program development to quality improvement
  • Legal, ethical, and policy issues specific to PC

Because so much of the future of health care delivery depends on the palliative field, Choices in Palliative Care is must reading for public health administrators, planners, and policymakers. Those teaching health service delivery courses will find this material especially useful.


Cancer Dementia HIV and AIDS Heart disease Palliative care Palliative care programs Quality management Rehabilitation case management disease management quality of life

Editors and affiliations

  • Arthur E. Blank
    • 1
  • Sean O'Mahony
    • 2
  • Amy Selwyn
  1. 1.Albert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA
  2. 2.Albert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-70874-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-70875-1
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