Common Sense Guide to Improving Palliative Care, The

Author: Joanne Lynn

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  • ISBN: 9780195310412
  • Author: Joanne Lynn
  • Publ Date: 2007-03-15
  • Edition:
  • Pages: 272
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  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 67658

Table of Contents :

1. An Orientation ; 2. Basics of Quality Improvement ; 3. Advance Care Planning ; 4. Preventing, Assessing, and Treating Pain ; 5. Assuring Comfort ; 6. Caring for Caregivers ; 7. Continuity and Transfers ; 8. Chronic Care: Heart and Lung Failure ; 9. Nursing Home Quality: Pressure Ulcers ; 10. Improving Care for People with Advanced Dementia and Their Families ; 11. Improving Intensive Care Units ; 12. Building a Palliative Care Program ; 13. Hospice Program Quality ; 14. End-of-Life Care, Spiritual Support, and Bereavement ; 15. Beyond Quality Improvement: Policy Improvement

Description:

Written by the leading quality improvement experts and clinicians, The Common Sense Guide to Improving Palliative Care provides a quick and easy "how-to" introduction to quality improvement in palliative care. Each chapter features a case study that illustrates how successful quality improvement teams work and includes dozens of ideas for change that most groups can put into practice - now! In today's healthcare settings, too many patients and families suffer needlessly for dozens of reasons. Healthcare teams can and must take charge of reform. With equal measures of proven, practical advice and encouragement, The Common Sense Guide enables them to do just that in a wide array of settings.

Review:

Everyone who works in palliative care needs to read this gem of a guide to achieving measurable quality improvements in palliative care. ... This is a very practical, how-to-do-it book that is packed with useful information and written with an energy that is infectious. Highly recommended. Roger Woodruff,

Author Biography:

Anne M. Wilkinson, M.S., Ph.D., Dr. Wilkinson is a Senior Social and Behavioral Scientist with the RAND Corporation, a non-profit policy analysis think tank and also Director, The Palliative Care Policy Center, a research and educational center focusing on policy and quality improvement issues related to end of life care. She has served as principal investigator on a number of studies ranging from the evaluation of state nursing facility regulations on dementia care in nursing homes,systematic reviews of the evidence base for evaluating quality end-of-life care, to conducting focus groups of family caregivers CHF and COPD patients to investigate the caregiving experience.


 

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