Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxix
  2. Palliative Care: Definitions, Development, Policies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Roderick D. MacLeod
      Pages 3-15
    3. Lukas Radbruch, Birgit Jaspers
      Pages 17-28
    4. Stephen R. Connor
      Pages 29-36
    5. Carlos Centeno, John Y. Rhee
      Pages 37-75
    6. Xavier Gómez-Batiste, Jordi Amblàs, Xavier Costa, Cristina Lasmarías, Sebastià Santaeugènia, Pau Sanchez et al.
      Pages 77-88
    7. Richard Harding, Katherine Bristowe, Julia Downing, Liz Gwyther, Emmanuel Luyirika, Michelle Meiring et al.
      Pages 89-104
    8. Jane L. Phillips, David Currow
      Pages 111-130
  3. Symptom Assessment and Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Philip J. Siddall, Roderick D. MacLeod
      Pages 133-148
    3. Abigail E. Franklin, Melanie R. Lovell
      Pages 149-177
    4. David Currow, Diana Ferreira
      Pages 179-190
    5. Martin Mücke, Dmitrij Kravchenko
      Pages 191-205
    6. Elizabeth S. Dylke, Sharon L. Kilbreath
      Pages 207-217
    7. Bertrand Behm, Carlos Fernandez, Mellar P. Davis
      Pages 239-257
    8. Mellar P. Davis, Renee Weller, Sally Regel
      Pages 259-273
    9. Meera Agar, Valentina Razmovski-Naumovski
      Pages 275-293
    10. Prudence Ellis, Jacqui Allen
      Pages 295-315
    11. Emma Bateman, Richard Logan, Rachel Gibson, Dorothy Keefe
      Pages 317-333
    12. Anne Morgan
      Pages 335-342
    13. Frank Brennan, Mathew Dutton, Linda Magann
      Pages 343-363
    14. Geoff Sussman
      Pages 365-378
    15. Doris Howell
      Pages 393-421
    16. Gregory B. Crawford
      Pages 423-434
    17. Annmarie Hosie, Ingrid Amgarth-Duff, Meera Agar
      Pages 435-451
    18. David Oliver, Simone Veronese
      Pages 453-470
    19. Rebecca Chin, Russell Hogg
      Pages 471-483
    20. Christine Sanderson
      Pages 485-499
  4. Palliative Care Professionals and Provision

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 501-501
    2. Karen Ryan, Bridget Johnston
      Pages 503-516
    3. Tony Ryan
      Pages 517-525
    4. Marion Jones, Jill Thistlethwaite
      Pages 527-539
    5. Jane L. Phillips, Claudia Virdun, Priyanka Bhattarai, Claire Fraser
      Pages 541-555
    6. Jeroen Hasselaar, Agnes Csikos, Carlos Centeno, Sheila Payne
      Pages 557-577
    7. Rebecca Tiberini, Karen Turner, Helena Talbot-Rice
      Pages 579-607
    8. Cathy Payne
      Pages 609-616
    9. Peter Huggard, Jayne Huggard
      Pages 617-632
    10. Josephine M. Clayton, Tim Luckett, Karen Detering
      Pages 649-662
    11. Carol A. Stone, Rachel Campbell, Stephanie Grimes
      Pages 663-687
    12. Carlo Leget
      Pages 689-699
    13. Megan Best
      Pages 701-711
    14. Kirsty Beilharz, Christopher Poulos, Roslyn Poulos, Janette Fodera, Andrew Cole, Roderick D. MacLeod
      Pages 713-733
    15. Kirsty Beilharz
      Pages 735-756
    16. Agnes Higgins, Geralyn Hynes
      Pages 757-777
    17. Michelle DiGiacomo, Slavica Kochovska, Philippa Cahill, Claudia Virdun, Jane L. Phillips
      Pages 779-797

About this book


Textbook of Palliative Care is a comprehensive, clinically relevant and state-of-the art book, aimed at advancing palliative care as a science, a clinical practice and as an art.

Palliative care has been part of healthcare for over fifty years but we still find ourselves having to explain its nature and practice to colleagues and to the public in general. Healthcare education and training has been slow to recognize the vital importance of ensuring that all practitioners have a good understanding of what is involved in the care of people with serious or advanced illnesses and their families. However, the science of palliative care is advancing and our understanding concerning many aspects of palliative care is developing rapidly.

The book is divided into separate sections for ease of use. Over 100 chapters written by experts in their given fields provide up-to-date information on a wide range of topics of relevance to those providing care towards the end of life no matter what the disease may be. We present a global perspective on contemporary and classic issues in palliative care with authors from a wide range of disciplines involved in this essential aspect of care. The Textbook includes sections addressing aspects such as symptom management and care provision, organization of care in different settings, care in specific disease groups, palliative care emergencies, ethics, public health approaches and research in palliative care.

This Textbook will be of value to practitioners in all disciplines and professions where the care of people approaching death is important, specialists as well as non-specialists, in any setting where people with serious advanced illnesses are residing. It is also an important resource for researchers, policy-and decision-makers at national or regional levels. Neither the science nor the art of palliative care will stand still so we aim to keep this Textbook updated as the authors find new evidence and approaches to care.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Roderick Duncan MacLeod
    • 1
  • Lieve Van den Block
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Medicine,Palliative Care, HammondCareThe University of Sydney School of MedicineSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.VUB-UGhent End-of-Life Care Research Group, Department of Family Medicine and Chronic Care and Department of Clinical SciencesVrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)BrusselsBelgium

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