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By Kathryn Boog, BScOT, SROT, SPDipA and Claire Tester, DipCOT, SROT, PGDip
228 pagesTrim Size 7 3/8 X 9 11/16 inCopyright 2008$71.95, Paperback, Reference
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This book encourages health professionals to reconceptualise their practice in the light of the fact that their patients are deteriorating and dying, supporting them in their dichotomous role which involves affirming that person’s life whilst acknowledging that that life is ending. Professionals are encouraged to think laterally, to be creative in their use of their core skills, and to use their life skills and experience to change the focus of their interventions. By making these changes, those involved with caring for the dying will be able to address issues related to burnout and feeling de-skilled. The authors share their considerable experience with the reader – what works for both patient and carer/professional when working in this field. By providing workable solutions, they empower those in disempowering situations, such as when working with terminally ill children and adults. The book is truly holistic and client-centred in its approach, upholding the philosophy of palliative care.
“The following tapestry of palliative care vignettes, experienced occupational therapists’ reflections, practical suggestions and theoretical perspectives, did not disappoint. This text would be a welcome addition to all international palliative care settings.”Clare O’Callaghan, International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, April 2008, Vol 15, No 4
This book is aimed at those encountering people with life-limiting conditions from a caring perspective :• students of the caring professions (OT, physiotherapy, social work, nursing, medical)• qualified professionals new to the area• qualified, experienced professionals looking for support for and acknowledgement of their working practices and their personal, professional and educational needs• carers – in institutions and private homes will find the resource a useful reference• palliative care courses/palliative care training/paediatric courses
By Kathryn Boog, BScOT, SROT, SPDipA, Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist Palliative Care, St Columba's Hospice, Edinburgh, UK and Claire Tester, DipCOT, SROT, PGDip, Lead Allied Health Professions Consultant Occupational Therapist in Cancer, Cancer Strategies Team, Health Department, Scottish Executive, Edinburgh, UK