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Tarascon Palliative Medicine Pocketbook is the only shirt-pocket sized, quick reference guide for having those difficult conversations with patients and family members who require palliative and hospice care. Practitioners will find helpful ideas as well as guidance on managing difficult to control symptoms whether practicing in a busy clinic, making home visits or managing the hospitalized patient.
Containing communication skill techniques, prognostication tools, symptom management options and ethical issues, this one of a kind, portable guide is an ideal tool for any member of the Palliative Medicine team, including: physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists and more.
Book review from Critical Care Nurse June 2013:
The latest Tarascon pocketbook on palliative care is compact but packs a lot of information in the little package. This book provides a very concise resource that covers the goals of palliative care including a section on communication strategies. Symptom management is provided in a well-organized manner. For each symptom the compact guide provides background information, evaluation mechanisms and management strategies in an easy to scan list. Next, a section on common emergencies such as active dying, acute bleeding and cord compression covers a variety of situations that practitioners may encounter. Finally a thorough resource list for further reading and references is provided.
Table of Contents:
I Goals of Care
3. Ethical Decision-making
5. Ethnic and Spiritual Concerns
6. Gastrointestinal--Genitourinary Symptoms
12. For Further Reading and References
Author: B. D. Moses
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