The first edition of the Oxford Handbook of Palliative Care has been warmly received. We have been encouraged by colleagues to make the material presented here more relevant to non-medical readers. We therefore welcome to our team, Jo Wells, who is a nurse consultant in palliative care. We have added new sections on antibiotics, increased emphasis on non-malignant disease, learning disabilities, palliative care in developing countries and communication. All the chapters of the first edition have been reviewed and many have been completely rewritten.
We hope that the result will be a Handbook which is useful to the whole of the multiprofessional team and will achieve a better balance than its predecessor.
Although the Handbook is somewhat larger than the first edition, we feel that this is a refl ection of the rapid changes and progress of this field of clinical practice in a relatively short period.
The aim of the Handbook remains as originally stated. We would like to provide a readily accessible source of help to all those who care for people who cannot be cured. This will include generalists and those whose specialty is not palliative care. We hope that the Handbook may also be a useful ready reference for those engaged in full-time palliative, hospice or end-of-life care. We remain proud to be associated with the Oxford University Press Handbook series, and are well aware of the heavy responsibility which this confers.
We regard the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine as the parent text for much of the material in this Handbook. There are various references throughout to the current, third edition. However, readers may need to be aware that a new fourth edition is in preparation, and should be available later in 2009.
1. Ethical issues
2. Communication: Breaking bad news
4. Principles of drug use in palliative care
5. Oncology and palliative care
6. Symptom management
7. Paediatric palliative care
8. Palliative care in non-malignant disease
9. Spiritual care
10. The contribution to palliative care of allied health professions
11. Complementary and alternative medicine in palliative care
12. Palliative care in the home
13. Hospital liaison palliative care
14. Palliative care for people with learning disabilities
15. Emergencies in palliative care
16. The terminal phase
18. Self-care for health professionals
Title: Oxford Handbook of Palliative Care
Edition: 2nd Edition
Authors: Max Watson, Caroline Lucas, Andrew Hoy, Jo Wells