Table of Contents

1 Palliative Care: A Quiet Revolution in Patient Care.
2 Comprehensive Assessment.
3 Communication Skills.
4 Negotiating Goals of Care: Changing Goals along the Trajectory of Illness.
5 Prognostication.
6 Multiple Symptoms and Multiple Illnesses.
7 Pain.
8 Nausea/Vomiting.
9 Anorexia/Cachexia and Fatigue.
10 Depression & Anxiety.
11 Delirium.
11 Constipation.
12 Urinary Incontinence.
13 Sexuality.
14 Dyspnea.
15 Working with Families.
16 Wound Care.
17 Loss, Bereavement, and Adaptation.
18 Understanding and Respecting Cultural Differences.
19 Dignity Therapy.
20 Advance Care Planning.
21 Responding to Requests for Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide.
22 Withholding and Withdrawing Life-Sustaining Therapies.
23 Last Hours of Living.
24 Legal and Ethical Issues in the US.
25 Hematology/Oncology.
26 HIV/AIDS.
27 Heart Failure.
28 Kidney Failure.
29 Gastrointestinal Malignancies.
30 Neurodegenerative Diseases.
31 Palliative Interventional Therapy.
32 Care of Patients with Dementia (Delete content on incontinence and falls).
33 Pulmonary Palliative Medicine.
34 Pediatric Palliative Care.
35 Palliative Care in the Intensive Care Unit.
36 Emergency Medicine and Palliative Care.
37 Veterans and Vulnerable Populations.
38 Treating Special Populations (chronic psych illnesses, homeless).
39 The Interdisciplinary Team.
40 Palliative Care Nursing.
41 Social Workers.
42 Spiritual Care.
43 Palliative Care in Long-Term Care Settings.
44 Home Care.
45 Integrating Palliative Care into Disease Management.
46 Palliative Care Services and Programs (including new content on quality).
47 Physician and End of Life Care.
48 The Economic Burden of End-of-Life Illness.
49 Dealing with Economic Hardship/Impact.
50 Palliative Care in Developing Countries.
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I Formulary.
II Reimbursement Mechanisms.
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