This book is intended for all those who not only have to give bad news but who are also keen to give as much help and support as possible to partners and families - both immediately and during remission relapse terminal illness dying or grieving. Although it concentrates on the somewhat neglected interests of relatives much of it is very relevant to the care of patients. It is of use in a hospital environment and in primary care and readers including doctors nurses social workers and spiritual advisers will value it both when they are in training and perhaps especially in the years after qualification.
Foreword. The development of palliative care within primary care. Clinical governance in palliative care. Communication with the dying and their loved ones. Pain control in palliative care. Symptoms other than pain and complementary therapies in palliative care. Out of hours and emergency palliative care. Palliative care of non-malignant conditions. Role of the PHCT in palliative care. Plight of the informal cancer. Spirituality and ethnicity. Ethics and the dying. Thinking about bereavement. Drawing up and applying a PDP in palliative care. Teamwork and education through Significant Event Audit and Practice Professional Development. A journey through cancer - views of a patient.