A Guide to Psychosocial and Spiritual Care at the End of Life

Authors: Perkins, Henry S.

  • Authors are experts in bioethics, medical anthropology and cross-cultural spiritual beliefs, but are rooted in a clinical medical background
    Tips for real life application are contained in every chapter
    Acknowledges the many differences in the way patients and their families may deal with death and aims to improve patient care by understanding these differences

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About this book

Psychological, social, and spiritual care is as important as physical care at the end of life.  Yet caregivers often feel ill-equipped to give that nonphysical care.  This book shows how to do it.   The book addresses all caregivers who attend dying patients:  doctors, nurses, chaplains, clergy in the pastorate, social workers, clinical psychologists, family caregivers, and others.  It covers such topics as the functional and emotional trajectories of dying; the varied approaches of patients and caregivers to end-of-life decisions; culturally based beliefs about dying; the differences between depression and grief; and people’s views about the right time to die, the death experience itself, and the afterlife.  For each topic the book introduces core concepts and summarizes recent research about them.  The book presents much of its material in readable tables for easy reference; applies the material to real-life cases; lists the main “take home” points for each chapter; and gives references for additional reading.  The book helps caregivers anticipate the reactions of patients and survivors to end-of-life traumas and suggests how caregivers can respond insightfully and compassionately.  At the same time the book challenges caregivers to think through their own views about death and dying.  This book, therefore, is a must-read for all caregivers―professional and nonprofessional alike―who strive to give their patients comprehensive, high-quality end-of-life care.

About the authors

Henry S. Perkins, MD, FACP

Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health

and

The University of Texas Health Science Center

San Antonio, TX, USA

Reviews

“The author is writing for the broad spectrum of healthcare professional – novice to expert – regarding end‐of‐life issues, adult and pediatric healthcare professionals, and caregivers for end‐of‐life patients. In my judgment, the audience is novice to competent healthcare providers. The author is credible, based on personally conducting research and years of clinical practice.” (Elizabeth Ann Freitas, Doody's Book Reviews, September, 2017)


Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Psychosocial and Spiritual Care with the End of Life in Sight

    Perkins, Henry S.

    Pages 1-10

  • The Symptoms and Signs of Dying

    Perkins, Henry S.

    Pages 11-34

  • Decisions at the End of Patients’ Lives

    Perkins, Henry S.

    Pages 35-55

  • Risks, Benefits, and Patients’ Treatment Decisions at the End of Life

    Perkins, Henry S.

    Pages 57-89

  • The Challenges of Prognosis Near the End of Life

    Perkins, Henry S.

    Pages 91-120

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4939-6804-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4939-6802-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Guide to Psychosocial and Spiritual Care at the End of Life
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4939-6804-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4939-6804-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4939-6802-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 486
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
Topics