Palliative Care Book of the Month
PALLIATIVE CARE TOOLKIT
Improving care from the roots up in resource-limited settings
Vicky Lavy, Charlie Bond and Ruth Wooldridge
Help the Hospices and The Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance, 2008
Can be downloaded, free, from
This toolkit, written by three palliative care professionals who have had a lot of experience in Africa and Asia, has been written to empower health workers in resource-poor settings to integrate palliative care into the work they are doing by grafting the missing elements of care onto what is already in place. It is clearly written and they have kept it relatively simple, which is appropriate. The list of chapter headings tells you that it is very much a ‘can-do’ book.
You can do palliative care in your setting
You can build a team
You can talk about difficult issues
You can control pain and other symptoms
You can help children and families
You can tell others about palliative care.
There is also a Toolkit of 18 basic tools that would be useful in patient care and in running a service. There is also a printed version that comes complete with a CD-ROM, although no price was quoted on either Amazon.co.uk or the Help the Hospices website.
Thanks and congratulations are due to the authors, Help the Hospices and The Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance for making this Toolkit available free.
DECISION MAKING NEAR THE END-OF-LIFE
Issues, developments and future directions
James L Werth and Dean Blevins (Eds)
RRP $US49.95 £31.00 $AU90.00
Review copy supplied by Palgrave Macmillan, Australia
This volume provides a comprehensive overview of decision making in end-of-life care. The authors discuss the different aspects of, and choices involved in, this difficult decision-making process, including the use of palliative care, advance directives, and family involvement. Pertinent psychosocial considerations are also explored, including the impact of mental health issues, religious and spiritual beliefs, and cultural viewpoints. Media and legal influences on end-of-life decision making are also discussed.
This is a useful exploration of advance care planning and the dilemmas that may occur in practice when there is no such planning.
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