3rd Edition

Hospice and Palliative Care
The Essential Guide

ISBN 9781138648623
Published July 6, 2017 by Routledge
306 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

USD $48.95

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Book Description

The third edition of Hospice and Palliative Care is the essential guide to the hospice and palliative care movement both within the United States and around the world. Chapters provide mental-health and medical professionals with a comprehensive overview of the hospice practice as well as discussions of challenges and the future direction of the hospice movement. Updates to the new edition include advances in spiritual assessment and care, treatment of prolonged and complicated grief, provision of interdisciplinary palliative care in limited-resource settings, significant discussion of assisted suicide, primary healthcare including oncology, and more. Staff and volunteers new to the field along with experienced care providers and those using hospice and palliative care services will find this essential reading.

Table of Contents



CHAPTER 1 What Are Hospice and Palliative Care?

CHAPTER 2 The Interdisciplinary Team

CHAPTER 3 Symptom Management and Physical Care

CHAPTER 4 Psychosocial and Spiritual Care

CHAPTER 5 Grief and Bereavement

CHAPTER 6 Community, Public, & Professional Education

CHAPTER 7 Hospice and Palliative Care Leadership

CHAPTER 8 Hospice and palliative care in the US health care system

CHAPTER 9 How Palliative Care is Unique in the Health Care System

CHAPTER 10 How Good Are Hospice and Palliative Care?

CHAPTER 11 A Right to Die?

CHAPTER 12 Hospice and Palliative Care Around the World

CHAPTER 13 The Future of Hospice and Palliative Care


APPENDIX ONE Discussion Questions and Activities by Chapter (updated)

APPENDIX TWO Organizational References (updated)



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Stephen Connor, PhD, is the executive director of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance based in London, UK. He has worked continuously in hospice and palliative care for the past 40 years as researcher, executive, educator, author, and licensed clinical medical psychologist.


"This third edition of Hospice and Palliative Care is an essential resource for all professionals. Dr. Connor has captured both the foundation and history of this still emerging field as well as the timely, critical issues that will define our future. It is a comprehensive and thoughtful contribution to advance the care of the seriously ill." 

Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, director, Division of Nursing Research and Education, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, California