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Palliative Care Resources

Discussion Date: September 19, 2013

Definitions, provider directory, blogs, and other resources.


Cover Image The Best Care Possible : A Physician's Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life
Byock, Ira.
New York : Avery, c2012.

A palliative care doctor on the front lines of hospital care illuminates one of the most important and controversial ethical issues of our time on his quest to transform care through the end of life. It is harder to die in this country than ever before. Statistics show that the vast majority of Americans would prefer to die at home, yet many of us spend our last days fearful and in pain in a healthcare system ruled by high-tech procedures and a philosophy to "fight disease and illness at all cost." Dr. Ira Byock, one of the foremost palliative-care physicians in the country, argues that end-of-life care is among the biggest national crises facing us today. In addressing the crisis, politics has trumped reason. Dr. Byock explains that to ensure the best possible care for those we love-and eventually ourselves- we must not only remake our healthcare system, we must also move past our cultural aversion to talking about death and acknowledge the fact of mortality once and for all. Dr. Byock describes what palliative care really is, and-with a doctor's compassion and insight-puts a human face on the issues by telling richly moving, heart-wrenching, and uplifting stories of real people during the most difficult moments in their lives. Byock takes us inside his busy

Cover Image Sacred Passage : How to Provide Fearless, Compassionate Care for the Dying
Coberly, Margaret.
Boston : Shambhala : Distributed in the U.S. by Random House, 2002.

In this book Coberly offers sound, practical advice on meeting the essential needs of the dying, integrating stories from her long career in nursing with useful insights from the Tibetan Buddhist teachings.

Cover Image The Needs of the Dying : A Guide for Bringing Hope, Comfort, and Love to Life's Final Chapter
Kessler, David, 1959-
New York : Harper, 2007.

In gentle, compassionate language, The Needs of the Dying helps us through the last chapter of our lives. Author David Kessler has identified key areas of concern: the need to be treated as a living human being, the need for hope, the need to express emotions, the need to participate in care, the need for honesty, the need for spirituality, and the need to be free of physical pain.

Cover Image Death with Dignity : The Case for Legalizing Physician-Assisted Dying and Euthanasia
Orfali, Robert.

In this book the author makes a case for legalized physician-assisted dying. Using the latest data from Oregon and the Netherlands, he puts a new slant on perennial debate topics such as "slippery slopes," "the integrity of medicine," and "sanctity of life." This book provides an in-depth look at how we die in America today. It examines the shortcomings of our end-of-life system. You will learn about terminal torture in hospital ICUs and about the alternatives: hospice and palliative care. The author scrutinizes the good, the bad, and the ugly. He provides a critique of the practice of palliative sedation. The book makes a strong case that assisted dying complements hospice. By providing both, Oregon now has the best palliative-care system in America. This book, above all, may help you or someone you care about navigate this strange landscape we call "end of life." It can be an informed guide to "a good death" in the age of hospice and high-tech medical intervention.

This very comprehensive website explains palliative care, discusses palliative care for particular populations, and provides information for caregivers. It contains the latest headlines related to palliative care, includes feature articles, and sponsors discussions and “expert blogs.”
This website, a service of the National Institutes of Health, offers a wealth of information on topics related to palliative care. You will find links to journal articles, videos, directories, organizations, etc.
Sponsored by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, this website contains a definition of palliative care, current news, legal and regulatory resources, and other articles of interest.
Provides an interesting comparison of palliative care with hospice care.

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