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Review of palliative care services in Scotland

Author:
AUDIT SCOTLAND
Publisher:
Audit Scotland
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
42p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

More than 55,000 people die in Scotland each year. Palliative care should be an integral part of the support available to everyone who needs it in the last months, days or hours of life. It also includes help to live with a life-limiting condition. This report is the first overview of the activity, costs and quality of specialist and general palliative care across Scotland. It includes the views of almost 1,000 bereaved families and friends.

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BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care

Publisher:
BMJ Publishing Group

Published quarterly in print and continuously online, this journal connects many disciplines and specialities throughout the world by providing high quality, clinically relevant research, reviews, comment, information and news of international importance. The journal aims to be relevant to a wider range of clinician and healthcare workers working with palliative medicine, specialist or generalist palliative care, supportive care, psychosocial-oncology and end of life care. Coverage on Social Care Online from this journal is limited to relevant systematic reviews only. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Palliative care 2: exploring the skills that nurses need to deliver high-quality care

Author:
BECKER Robert
Journal article citation:
Nursing Times, 14.4.09, 2009, pp.18-20.
Publisher:
Nursing Times

This article explores the evidence base to support the diverse range of knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to provide nursing care for people at the end of life. These include the competences in communication, teamwork, psychosocial skills, physical care skills, life closure and interpersonal skills.

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Living and dying with advanced heart failure: a palliative care approach

Author:
SCOTTISH PARTNERSHIP FOR PALLIATIVE CARE
Publisher:
Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
49p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

This report highlights some of the significant challenges in the journey faced by patients and carers living and dying with advanced heart failure, and makes recommendations regarding key elements of good practice and the delivery of more effective services which might help to address their palliative care needs. This report is a policy document outlining key issues and themes which should be considered in the ongoing development of local strategies for the palliative care of patients with advanced heart failure. A limited amount of detail is included, and the report functions mainly as a signpost to key issues and to further sources of information. Although the document and its recommendations focus on patients with advanced heart failure, many of the principles outlined may apply equally to those at earlier stages of the disease. The report aims to provide clarification for clinicians and strategists regarding the principles of palliative care and why it is important in the management of advanced heart failure. It is relevant to policy makers and planners as well as to clinicians, and is intended to be of use to professionals across all sectors, specialties and disciplines who are involved in the care of people with advanced heart failure and their families, as well as to Managed Clinical and Managed Care Networks, Community Health Partnerships, NHS Boards, local authorities and other relevant bodies.

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Development of palliative care and legalisation of euthanasia: antagonism or synergy?

Author:
BERNHEIM Jan
Journal article citation:
British Medical Journal, 19.04.08, 2008, pp.864-867.
Publisher:
British Medical Association

Palliative care and legalised euthanasia are often viewed as antagonistic causes. There are concerns that the legalisation of euthanasia would result in harm to vulnerable patients and that it would impede the development of palliative care by appearing as an alternative. This article looks at the effect of the  legalisation of euthanasia on palliative care and visa versa by reviewing developments in Belgium. It shows how the two camps grew up side by side to mutual benefit.

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Family eulogy: a niece’s eulogy to her beloved aunt and mentor

Author:
HAPIRO Debra Katz
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, 3(1), 2007, pp.7-8.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia

The author provides a family eulogy to Zelda Foster, a leading figure in the social work palliative and hospice care in the United States. (Copies of this article are available from: Haworth Document Delivery Centre, Haworth Press Inc., 10 Alice Street,  Binghamton, NY 13904-1580).

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Tribute to Zelda Forest

Author:
GERBINO Susan
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, 3(1), 2007, pp.57-61.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia

A friend of Zelda Foster provides a personal tribute(Copies of this article are available from: Haworth Document Delivery Centre, Haworth Press Inc., 10 Alice Street,  Binghamton, NY 13904-1580).

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Sweet remembrance

Author:
BELESIS Martha D.
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, 3(1), 2007, pp.67-68.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia

A student of Zelda Foster provides a  short personal remembrance. (Copies of this article are available from: Haworth Document Delivery Centre, Haworth Press Inc., 10 Alice Street,  Binghamton, NY 13904-1580).

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Palliative care for dementia sufferers

Author:
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Journal article citation:
Community Care, 18.10.07, 2007, pp.38-39.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

This article looks at good practice in providing palliative care for people with dementia.

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Prisoners and palliative care

Author:
BOLGER Maggie
Journal article citation:
Prison Service Journal, 157, January 2005, pp.39-43.
Publisher:
Her Majesty's Prison Service of England and Wales

Prisoners are a transient population who generally spend only a short time in prison before returning to the wider community and will present with a diverse range of health and social care needs that may present significant challenges to staff on a day-to-day basis in relation to 'care versus custody' issues.

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