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Community Palliative Care: The Role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist



Community Palliative Care: The Role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist

Sandra Aitken

ISBN: 978-1-444-31221-8 April 2009 Wiley-Blackwell 216 Pages


Community Palliative Care examines the complex support and information needs of seriously ill patients and their families and will encompass not only the patient’s journey, but that of the family during the illness trajectory and into the bereavement period.

The text is divided into three sections- professionals, patients and carers. The first section discusses the roles and contributions made by other members of the primary health care team and examines the role of the nurse. Section two explores the psychosocial support needed by patients receiving palliative care, and looks at the community palliative care clinical nurse specialists’ role in relation to psychological, as well as practical problems surrounding a life threatening illness. The final section will look at the needs of the family and carers and the support that the community palliative care clinical nurse specialist can offer to the individuals. Included in this segment will be the complex issues faced by carers in relation to the changing roles within the family, children, death and bereavement.

Section one: Professionals.

Chapter 1. Community Palliative Care: the team.

Chapter 2. The Role of the Community Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Section two: Patients.

Chapter 3. Living with a Life Threatening Illness.

Chapter 4. Life at Home.

Chapter 5. Dying at Home.

Section three: Carers.

Chapter 6. What do Carers do?.

Chapter 7. Hearing the Pain of the Carer.

Chapter 8. Death and Bereavement.

"This is a practical, readable and well referenced book that is that is patient and nurse-focused. It is a useful publication for the library and possibly for the shelves of those actively involved in palliation". (Primary Health Care, 1 December 2010)

"Case histories help the reader to relate to people in real situations and think about the palliative care strategies they would use in their own practice. Each chapter has a key points box and links to resources for further information." (Nursing Standard, May 2010)

  • Contains illustrative case studies

  • Essential for professional development

  • Evidence-based with current referencing

  • Examines the role of the specialist

  • Discusses the psychosocial support of the patient

  • Identifies the needs of the family