The Palliative Care Handbook
Advice on clinical management - Edited by the Wessex Palliative Physicians
- is the active total care of patients and their families, usually when their disease is no longer responsive to potentially curative treatment, although it may be applicable earlier in the illness
- provides relief from pain and other symptoms
- aims to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients and families
- responds to physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs
- extends as necessary to support in bereavement
This handbook contains guidance to help GPs, community nurses and hospital staff as well as specialist palliative care teams. It aims to provide a checklist for the management of common problems in palliative care, with some information on drug treatment. It is not a comprehensive textbook.