Palliative Care Within Mental Health: Ethical Practice explores the comprehensive concerns and dilemmas that occur surrounding people experiencing mental health problems and disorders. Working beyond narrow, stereotypical definitions of palliative care as restricted to terminal cancer patients, this balanced and thought-provoking volume examines the many interrelated issues that face the individual, families, and caregivers, setting the groundwork for improved, ethical relationships and interventions. Chapters by experts and experienced practitioners detail the challenges, concerns, and best practices for ethical care and responses in a variety of individual and treatment contexts. This is an essential and thoughtful new resource for all those involved in the fast-developing field of palliative mental health.
"The Coopers have created a brilliant piece of work demonstrating their deep commitment to palliative care within mental health and ethical practice. The breadth and depth of the content from international authors who have written with compassion, wisdom, and evidence-based practice is staggering and goes beyond the traditional cancer and end-of-life care. This book has crucial information and is a must read for all healthcare providers. "
—Larry Purnell, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor emeritus at the University of Delaware, adjunct professor at Florida International University, and adjunct professor at Excelsior College
"This book presents a wealth of recent thinking about and research into the relatively new field of palliative mental health. It will greatly expand counsellors’ and researchers’ toolboxes and help our understanding and treatment of people presenting with mental health concerns."
—Amanda Baker, PhD, professor in the School of Medicine and Public Health and National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle, Australia
Table of Contents:
1. A palliative care approach within mental health
2. What is ethics? (including practical and professional ethics)
3. Understanding serious and enduring mental health
4. The experience of mental health
5. Culture and cultural awareness (including collectivism versus individualism)
6. Compassion, respect and dignity
7. Hope and coping
8. Sexuality (LGBTQ)
9. Informed consent
10. Human rights
11. Symptom management framework
12. Clinical practice (including assessment and electroconvulsive therapy)
13. Specific needs of the teenager and young adult
14. Specific needs of the female adult
15. Specific needs of the male adult
16. Specific needs of the older adult (including restlessness, agitation dementia and alzheimer’s)
17. Listening to the family’s pain
18. Chronic substance use (includes pain management - alcohol, other drugs and prescribed drugs)
19. Anorexia and futility
21. Assisted death (is there a place in today’s society)
22. Last few days of life (including restlessness and agitation)
About the Editors
David B. Cooper has specialized in mental health and substance use for over 36 years. He is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Substance Use, and has served as editor-in-chief of Mental Health and Substance Use.
Jo Cooper spent 16 years as a palliative care specialist, initially working in a hospice inpatient unit, and then for 12 years as a Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist in palliative care.