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Handbook of Psychiatry in Palliative Medicine


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Part I-- Psychiatric and Psychosocial Palliative Care: Critical Milestones 1: Hospice and Palliative Care: A Psychiatric Perspective 2: Integrating Psychiatry and Palliative Medicine: The Challenges and Opportunities Part II-- Psychiatric Complications of Terminal Illness 3: An Overview of Care and Management of the Patient at the End of Life 4: Diagnosis and Management of Depression in Palliative Care 5: Anxiety in Palliative Care 6: Delirium in the Terminally Ill 7: Suicide and Desire for Hastened Death in the Terminally Ill 8: Palliative Care for Persons with Serious Mental Illness 9: Palliative Care for Patients with Substance Abuse and Patients with Personality Disorders Part III-- Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care 10: What Dying People Want 11: Communication with Terminally Ill Patients and Their Families 12: Interdisciplinary Teamwork in Palliative Care: Compassionate Expertise for Serious Complex Illness 13: Cultural Diversity in Palliative Care 14: Understanding and Managing Bereavement in Palliative Care 15: Family Issues and Palliative Care 16: Burnout and Symptoms of Stress in Staff Working in Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Teamwork in Palliative Care Part IV-- Ethical, Existential and Spiritual Issues in Palliative Care 17: Ethical Issues in Palliative Care 18: Personal Growth and Human Development in Life-Threatening Situations 19: The Treatment of Suffering in Patients with Advanced Cancer 20: Dignity, Meaning and Demoralization: Emerging Paradigms in End-of-Life Care 21: Spiritual Care Issues in Palliative Care Part V-- Understanding and Managing Symptoms 22: Pain and Physical Symptom Management in the Terminally Ill: An Overview for Mental Health Professionals 23: Psychiatric Aspects of Pain Management in Patients with Advanced Cancer and AIDS 24: Eating Issues in Palliative Cancer Patients 25: Psychiatric Aspects of Fatigue in the Terminally Ill Part VI-- Psychotherapeutic Interventions in Palliative Care 26: Individual Psychotherapy for the Patient with Advanced Disease 27: Narrative Medicine: Writing through Bereavement 28: Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches to Symptom Management in Palliative Care: Augmenting Somatic Interventions 29: Group Psychotherapy and the Terminally Ill 30: Family-Focused Grief Therapy Part VII-- Life Cycle Considerations in Palliative Care 31: Psychiatric Care of the Terminally Ill Child 32: The Child and Adolescent in Palliative Care 33: Special Care Considerations for the Seriously Ill Older Adult

About the Author

Harvey Max Chochinov is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and Director of the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit at CancerCare Manitoba. William Breitbart is Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Chief of Psychiatry Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He is also Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College at Cornell University.


"Palliative care patients develop a number of devastating physical, psychosocial, and spiritual problems, and their caregivers suffer severe distress. This book contains the vast majority of what we need to know to be able to help our patients and families. The information is not only up-to-date, but is also provided in an elegant and enjoyable way. Drs. Chochinov and Breitbart have done an outstanding job in updating their highly successful first edition. The second edition of this book is mandatory reading for all of us who deliver care on a daily basis." - Eduardo Bruera, Chair, Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center "Psychosocial, existential, and spiritual issues are core factors determining our need to be 'more than symptomatologists' in offering palliative medicine. This comprehensive, well-referenced second edition provides nuanced insights into these challenging opportunities, as we strive to support the transformation of suffering into optimal experience for patients, family members, and caregivers." - Balfour M. Mount, Emeritus Professor of Palliative Medicine, McGill University "Handbook of Psychiatry in Palliative Medicine will take most readers to new depths and heights in their knowledge and understanding of the neuropsychiatric complications of end-stage disease. Chapters on the demented, the elderly, those with serious chronic mental illness, substance abusers, and the special needs of children (and much more besides) make the Handbook essential reading for those specializing in palliative medicine, and for other healthcare professionals involved in the care of those with advanced progressive disease. Highly recommended." - Robert Twycross, Emeritus Clinical Reader in Palliative Medicine, Oxford University "We wish to envelop our patients in a warm mantle of care. Information on the psychosocial, spiritual and ethical aspects of that care, however, is oft time scattered and disjointed. The second edition of Handbook of Psychiatry in Palliative Medicine once again delivers, providing us with a rich source of wisdom on psycho-oncology. The editors have brought together a cast of graceful writers who cover the field in a cohesive, elegant fashion. This book's a winner....You'll enjoy it." - Neil MacDonald, Founding Director, McGill Cancer Nutrition-Rehabilitation Program, McGill University "The publication of the first edition of Handbook of Psychiatry in Palliative Medicine had a major impact because it clearly fulfilled a clinical need. Specialist psychiatrists who are knowledgeable about palliative care are thin on the ground, and though an ideal arrangement would allow face-to-face consultation with a psychiatrist, the availability of such practitioners is limited. This book goes a long way in filling that gap and provides a comprehensive view of the area. The new edition will solidify the place of this book as an essential resource for physicians in palliative medicine and also members of the multidisciplinary team." - G.W. Hanks, Emeritus Professor, Department of Palliative Medicine, University of Bristol "This is a well-organized, thoughtfully written book. The authors include many experts who work at the interface of psychiatry and palliative care. The book is clearly written and summarizes the current state of research in this ever expanding field of study. I would recommend it for anyone interested in learning more about psychiatry in end-of-life care or who is contemplating a career in this area." -Jeffrey Rado, MD, Rush University Medical Center, as reviewed in Doody's

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