Clinical Manual of Palliative Care Psychiatry
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The Clinical Manual of Palliative Care Psychiatry seeks to bridge the gulf between principles and practice for two groups of clinicians: frontline palliative care providers with little mental health training and mental health specialists who may lack familiarity with palliative care practice. Those in both groups who are eager to improve their effectiveness in relieving suffering among seriously ill and dying patients will find this manual to be engaging, enlightening, and empowering. The authors, psychiatrists practicing in inpatient, outpatient, and home-based palliative care, supportive care, and hospice clinical settings, have designed an eminently practical guide to the application of psychiatric expertise to address the needs of this patient population. The book reviews palliative care principles and practice models, treatment of the psychiatric symptoms most commonly encountered in palliative care settings, and special topics, such as agitation in end-stage dementia, pain management and psychopharmacology, substance use disorders, and palliative care for children and adolescents. Psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, palliative care physicians, nurses, and social workers will find the Clinical Manual of Palliative Care Psychiatry to be immensely helpful in integrating principle and practice in this demanding arena.