Textbook of Palliative Care Communication

ISBN : 9780190201708

Elaine Wittenberg; Betty R. Ferrell; Joy Goldsmith; Thomas Smith; Myra Glajchen; Sandra L. Ragan; Rev. George F. Handzo
456 Pages
216 x 279 mm
Pub date
Dec 2015
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The Textbook of Palliative Care Communication is the authoritative text on communication in palliative care, providing a compilation of international and interdisciplinary perspectives. The volume was uniquely developed by an interdisciplinary editorial team to address an array of providers including physicians, nurses, social workers, and chaplains, and unites clinicians with academic researchers interested in the study of communication. By featuring practical conversation and curriculum tools stemming from research, this text integrates scholarship and inquiry into translatable content that others can use to improve their practice, teach skills to others, and engage in patient-centered communication. The volume begins by defining communication, explicating debatable issues in research, and highlighting specific approaches to studying communication in a palliative care context. Chapters focus on health literacy and cultural communication, patient and family communication, barriers and approaches to discussing palliative care with specific patient populations, discussing pain, life support, advance care planning, and quality of life topics such as sexuality, spirituality, hope, and grief. Team communication in various care settings is outlined and current research and education for healthcare professionals are summarized. Unique to this volume are chapters on conducting communication research, both qualitatively and quantitatively, to promote further research in palliative care.


Chapter 1: Overview of Communication
Chapter 2: A Historical Perspective of Palliative Care Communication
Chapter 3: Transactional Communication
Chapter 4: Consumer Communication and Public Messaging about Palliative Care
Chapter 5: Communication Ethics
Chapter 6: Communication in Palliative Social Work
Chapter 7: Communication in Palliative Medicine
Chapter 8: Communication in Palliative Nursing
Chapter 9: Communication in Palliative Care Chaplaincy
Chapter 10: Communication in Clinical Psychology
Chapter 11: Cultural Humility
Chapter 12: Health Literacy and Communication in Palliative Care
Chapter 13: Patient- and family-centered written communication in the palliative care setting
Chapter 14: Health Disparities
Chapter 15: The Role of Communication and Information in Symptom Management
Chapter 16: Patient Experience of Illness
Chapter 17: Family Member Experience of Caregiving
Chapter 18: Family Caregiver Communication Goals and Messages
Chapter 19: Cultural Considerations in Palliative Care and Serious Illness
Chapter 20: Family Conversations about In-Home and Hospice Care
Chapter 21: COPD and Heart Disease
Chapter 22: Oncology Across the Trajectory
Chapter 23: Transplantation and Organ Donation
Chapter 24: Communication Challenges in Providing Advance Care Planning for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS
Chapter 25: Homeless, Mentally-ill, and Drug-Addicted Patients
Chapter 26: Seriously Ill Veterans
Chapter 27: Neonatal and Pediatrics
Chapter 28: LGBT Communication
Chapter 29: Patient-Centered Communication
Chapter 30: Care Coordination and Transitions in Care
Chapter 31: Trust, Hope and Miracles
Chapter 32: Physical Pain and Symptoms
Chapter 33: Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Chapter 34: Redefining Comfort Measures: Communicating about Life Support, Artificial Hydration, and Nutrition
Chapter 35: Advance Care Planning
Chapter 36: Palliative Care Communication and Sexuality
Chapter 37: Spiritual Communication
Chapter 38: Grief Reactions
Chapter 39: Team Communication in the Acute Care Setting
Chapter 40: Team Communication in the Outpatient Care Setting
Chapter 41: Team Communication in the Hospice Setting
Chapter 42: Team Communication in the Nursing Home Setting
Chapter 43: Communication Education for Physicians
Chapter 44: Communication Education for Nurses
Chapter 45: Communication Education for Social Workers
Chapter 46: Communication Education for Chaplains
Chapter 47: Interprofessional Education
Chapter 48: Qualitative Communication Research
Chapter 49: Quantitative Communication Research
Chapter 50: The State of the Science on Palliative Care Communication

About the author: 

Elaine Wittenberg is Associate Professor of Nursing Research and Education at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California; Betty R. Ferrell is a Professor and Director of Nursing Rearch and Education at City of Hope National Medical Center in Durate, California; Joy Goldsmith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee; Thomas Smith is the Director of Palliative Medicine and Professor of Oncology in the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland; Sandra L. Ragan is Professor Emerita in the Department of Communication at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma; Myra Glajchen is the Director of Medical Education at the MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care and an Assistant Professor of Family and Social Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, New York; George Handzo is the Director of Health Services, Research, and Quality at Healthcare Chaplaincy in New York, New York.

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