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Psychosocial Palliative Care
William S. Breitbart and Yesne Alici
Oxford University Press / Softcover / May 2014
9780199917402 (ISBN-10: 019991740X)
Hospice and Palliative Care / Mind & Body
price: $75.95 (may be subject to change)
224 pages
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One of the most challenging roles of the psycho-oncologist is to help guide terminally-ill patients through the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of the dying process. Patients with cancer, AIDS, and other life-threatening illnesses are at increased risk for the development of major psychiatric complications, and have an enormous burden of both physical and psychological symptoms. Concepts of adequate palliative care must be expanded beyond the current focus on pain and physical symptom control to include the psychiatric, psychosocial, existential, and spiritual aspects of care. The psycho-oncologist, as a consultant to or member of a palliative care team, has a unique role and opportunity to fulfill this promise of competent and compassionate palliative care for those with life-threatening illnesses. Psychosocial Palliative Care guides the psycho-oncologist through the most salient aspects of effective psychiatric care of patients with advanced illnesses. Thishandbook reviews basic concepts and definitions of palliative care and the experience of dying, the assessment and management of major psychiatric complications of life-threatening illness, including psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic approaches, and covers issues such as bereavement, spirituality, cultural sensitivity, communication and psychiatric contributions to common physical symptom control. A global perspective on death and palliative care is taken throughout the text, and an Appendix provides a comprehensive list of international palliative care resources and training programs.

About the Authors:

William S. Breitbart is Chief of Psychiatry Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and Past President of the International Psychosocial Oncology Society (2010). Yesne Alici is Assistant Attending Psychiatrist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

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