Handbook of Psychiatry in Palliative Medicine

Author(s): Harvey M. Chochinov

Psychology & Counselling

Eight years has passed since the first edition of The Handbook of Psychiatry in Palliative Medicine was published. In that time, psychiatric (or psychosocial) palliative care has evolved; the net effect on palliative medicine has been transformative. Palliation that neglects psychosocial dimensions of patient and family experience, de facto, fails to meet contemporary standards of comprehensive palliative care. While a focus on somatic issues has sometimes overshadowed attention to psychological, existential, and spiritual end-of-life challenges, the past decade has seen an all encompassing, multi-disciplinary approach to care for the dying beginning to take hold. The first comprehensive textbook of psychiatric palliative care, this new edition has been fully updated, reorganized and expanded to include eleven new chapters. Written by 67 internationally known psychiatry and palliative care experts, the book is truly an essential reference for all providers of palliative care including psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health counselors, oncologists, hsopice workers and social workers.


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For those now training in palliative medicine, this will provide an invaluable and up to date review of all matters pertaining to psychological and psychiatric care...this book belongs on the library shelf in any hospice or palliative care unit. Roger Woodruff This is a well-organized, thoughtfully written book... 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

Part I-- Psychiatric and Psychosocial Palliative Care: Critical Milestones; 1. Hospice: 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 Death in the Terminally Ill; 8. Palliative Care for Persons with Serious Mental Illness; 9. Palliative Care in Patients with Substance Abuse and Patients with Personality; Part III-- Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care; 10. What Dying Patients Want; 11. Communication with Terminally Ill Patients and Their Families; 12. Interdisciplinary Teamwork in Palliative Care; 13. Cultural Issues 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. Love, Forgiveness and Opportunities for Personal Growth at the End of Life; 19. Dimensions of Suffering towards the End of Life; 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 and Palliative Care; 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. Special Care Considerations for the Dying Child; 33. Special Care Considerations for the Dying Elderly

General Fields

  • : 9780195301076
  • : 82003
  • : 82003
  • : April 2009
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Harvey M. Chochinov
  • : Hardback
  • : 2nd Revised edition
  • : 616.89
  • : 589
  • : 15 line illustrations