Author(s): Barbara Munroe & Olivere
The first book of its kind, Resilience and Palliative Care - Achievement in Adversity takes the increasing international literature on resilience and applies it to palliative and end-of-life care.
The book offers an overview of all key aspects of palliative care, presented through a resilience perspective. Why do some patients and families break down while others surmounts the challenges facing them? What interventions strengthen individual, family and community coping? This book aims to facilitate change with people facing the crisis of death, dying and bereavement. Much of the existing literature has focused on risk, problems and vulnerability; the emerging concept of resilience focuses on strengths and possibilities.
The 'total pain'/'total care' approach pioneered by Dame Cicely Saunders and St Christopher's Hospice now needs reinterpreting in the light of changing contexts and challenges. The realities of demographic change and resource-constrained health and social care environments have generated an increasingly risk focused approach to service delivery. A narrowly medicalised approach has inevitable limitations; professional care alone will be unable to meet need and demand in the face of ageing populations, changing patterns of illness and the need for equity.
'...a useful addition to the library shelves of anyone working in palliative care and could be used as a reference as well as to promote discussion among team members.'-- Speech and Language Therapy in Practice
'...well-written and easy to read and understand...I recommend this book as a must for all professionals engaged in palliative care, clinically and/or in teaching the subject. I do not know of any other book which deals exclusively and openly with resilience in palliative care... this book should have a place in every health and social care library.'-- Christiane Banton, Sr Lecturer Palliative Care, University of Wolverhampton