1st Edition

International Perspectives on Public Health and Palliative Care

Edited By Libby Sallnow, Suresh Kumar, Allan Kellehear Copyright 2012
    224 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    Public health approaches to palliative care have been growing in policy importance and practice acceptance. This innovative volume explores the major concepts, practice examples, and practice guidelines for this new approach.

    The goal of ‘comprehensive care’ – seamless support for patients as they transition between home based care and inpatient services – relies on the principles of health promotion and community development both to ensure services are available and importantly appropriate for patients’ needs. In developing contexts, where hospitals and hospices may be inaccessible, a public health approach provides not only continuity of care but greater access to good end of life care. This book provides both a historical and conceptual overview whilst offering practical case examples from affluent and developing contexts, in a range of clinical settings. Finally, it draws together research-based guidelines for future practice.

    Essential reading for public health researchers and practitioners with an interest in end of life care and global health as well as those involved in developing palliative care provision, International Perspectives on Public Health and Palliative Care is the first volume to present an overview of theory and practice in this emerging field.

    Chapter 1. Public Health and Palliative Care: An Historical Overview / Professor Allan Kellehear and Dr Libby Sallnow  Chapter 2. "But we’re already doing it!": Examining Conceptual Blurring Between Health Promotion and Palliative Care / Dr John Rosenberg  Chapter 3. Illness Trajectories and Palliative Care: Implications for Holistic Service Provision / Professor Scott A Murray and Peter McLoughlin  Chapter 4. Public Health and Palliative Care in Australia / Dr Bruce Rumbold  Chapter 5. Public Health and Palliative Care: A Perspective from Africa / Dr Jullia Downing, Dr Liz Gwyther and Dr Faith Mwangi-Powell  Chapter 6. Public Health Developments in Palliative Care Services in the UK Chapter / Dr Steve Conway  Chapter 7. Public Health Approach to Palliative Care – Neighbourhood Network in Palliative Care Program in Kerala Chapter / Dr Suresh Kumar  Chapter 8. St. Joseph’s Hospice, London, UK – A Practice Example / Dr Heather Richardson  Chapter 9. The Campaign to Build a Dementia-Friendly Community / The 100-Member Committee, Japan  Chapter 10. ‘Let’s talk about dying’ – Dispelling Myths Towards the End of Life / Dr Helen-Anne Manion, Gerard Manion and Kathleen Dansie  Chapter 11. Discovering Options: An Australian Initiative in the Care of the Dying / Nigel Hartley  Chapter 12. Public Health Approaches to End of Life in Ecuador / Dr Patricia Granja H.  Appendix 1. National Palliative Care Policy, Kerala  Appendix 2. Charter for the Normalization of Death, Dying and Loss  Appendix 3. Practice Guidelines for Health Promoting Palliative Care, La Trobe University  Appendix 4. Neighbourhood Network in Palliative Care Practice Guidelines NNPC, Kerala  Appendix 5. NHS Lothian’s Integrated Model of Palliative and End of Life Care  Appendix 6. HOME Hospice Questionnaire


    Libby Sallnow is a palliative medicine registrar at St Joseph’s Hospice, London and is the Research Associate at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Community Participation in Palliative Care and Long Term Care, Kerala.

    Suresh Kumar is currently the Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Community Participation in Palliative Care and Long Term Care.

    Allan Kellehear is Professor, School of Health Administration, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He was formerly the Professor of Palliative Care at La Trobe University and was director of Australia’s first policy and practice palliative care unit in a school of public health.