#47 End of life and palliative care with Dr Louise Welch, palliative care physician
Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine & What Matters in the End, Atul Gawande
For most of human history, death was a common, ever-present possibility. It didn’t matter whether you were five or fifty – every day was a roll of the dice. But now, as medical advances push the boundaries of survival further each year, we have become increasingly detached from the reality of being mortal. So here is a book about the modern experience of mortality – about what it’s like to get old and die, how medicine has changed this and how it hasn’t, where our ideas about death have gone wrong. With his trademark mix of perceptiveness and sensitivity, Atul Gawande outlines a story that crosses the globe, as he examines his experiences as a surgeon and those of his patients and family, and learns to accept the limits of what he can do.
Therapeutic Guidelines: Palliative Care
An essential guide for practitioners and carers involved in management of patients with life-limiting illnesses. An emphasis is placed on the need for a holistic approach to palliative care, and guidance is provided on the treatment of an extensive range of symptoms that may be present. Link to sales department here.
Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, 5th ed, Nathan Cherney et al
The definitive Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, now in its fifth edition, has again been thoroughly updated to offer a truly global perspective in this field of extraordinary talent and thoughtfulness. Updated to include new sections devoted to assessment tools, care of patients with cancer, and the management of issues in the very young and the very old, this leading textbook covers all the new and emerging topics since its original publication in 1993. In addition, the multi-disciplinary nature of palliative care is emphasized throughout the book, covering areas from ethical and communication issues, the treatment of symptoms and the management of pain.
Free. Developed by the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FPM ANZCA), this opioid equianalgesic calculator is an essential clinical tool simplifying the calculation of equianalgesia expressed as total oral morphine equivalent daily dose (oMEDD).
Free. Created by the Centre for Palliative Care Research & Education and the Australian College of Rural and Remode Medicine to help doctors on-the-go manage their patient’s cancer pain.
Free. An easy memory prompt to guide GPs & nurses in the delivery of good palliative care for their older patients. The app directs users through key clinical processes, recommended at various points of the patient’s trajectory. Promotes best practice by providing a structured approach to supporting patients and their families in the final year of their life.