Palliative Care

Transforming the Care of Serious Illness

Palliative Care: Transforming the Care of Serious Illness is the first book to provide a comprehensive understanding of the new field that is changing the way Americans deal with serious illness. Diane E. Meier, M.D., one of the field's leaders and a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius award" in 2009, opens the volume with a sweeping overview of the field of palliative care [click here]. Dr. Meier's essay is followed by reprints of 25 of the most important articles in the field. They range from classic pieces by some of the field's pioneers, such as Eric Cassel, Balfour Mount and Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, to influential newer articles on topics such as caregiving and cost savings of palliative care. The reprints cover a wide range of topics including:

  • Why the care of the seriously ill is so important
  • Efforts to cope with advanced illness
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Pain management
  • Cross-cultural issues
  • Philosophical perspectives

The demand for palliative care has been nothing short of stunning—largely because of palliative care's positive impact on both the quality and the cost of care provided to seriously ill individuals. By providing a wide-ranging perspective on this growing field, this book will serve as a guide for developing meaningful approaches that will lead to better health care for all Americans.

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