Psychosocial Palliative Care

Psychosocial Palliative Care

William S. Breitbart, Yesne Alici, and International Psycho-Oncology Society

Print publication date: Apr 2014

ISBN: 9780199917402

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

This online resource guides the psycho-oncologist through the most salient aspects of effective psychiatric care of patients with advanced illnesses. It reviews basic concepts and definitions of palliative care and the experience of dying, the assessment and management of major psychiatric complications of life-threatening illness, including psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic approaches, and covers issues such as bereavement, spirituality, cultural sensitivity, communication and psychiatric contributions to common physical symptom control. A global perspective on death and palliative care is taken throughout, and an appendix provides a comprehensive list of international palliative care resources and training programs.