Readership: Academics and practitioners (both doctors and nurses) in palliative care, geriatrics, and gerontology. The book will also be of interest to social workers and those working in sociology and psychology, and policy makers and those with an interest in older people in relation to public health.
Edited by Merryn Gott, Professor of Health Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand, and Co-edited by Christine Ingleton, Professor of Palliative Care Nursing, The University of Sheffield, UK
Merryn Gott joined the University of Auckland in 2009 as Professor of Health Sciences in the School of Nursing. Her PhD is in gerontology and over the last 12 years she has developed an international programme of research exploring palliative and end of life care for older people. She currently holds grants from the Department of Health, the Health Research Council of New Zealand, the Economic
and Social Research Council, BUPA, as well as local charities. She has published over 70 journal articles and currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Progress in Palliative Care and the British Medical Journal (Supportive and Palliative Care).
Christine Ingleton is Professor of Palliative Care Nursing in the School of Nursing & Midwifery at the University of Sheffield. She has contributed to 30 research grants and awards totalling over £3.5 million. She has published over 90 outputs in peer reviewed journals and contributed to 6 books on health services research. She has edited 2 best-selling research based textbooks on end of life care.
She is Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She currently serves on the British Journal of Community Nursing and the British Medical Journal (Supportive and Palliative Care).
"The editors state that their intention was to open up the issues of ageing and end-of-life care to critical reflection and debate. They have achieved their aim and produced a balanced and thoughtful book that will be relevant to generalists as well as specialists, and also perhaps to social workers. The contributors have clearly and coherently set out where we are now in relation to palliative care and ageing. The scale of the change needed to improve policy and professional practice is daunting, but ultimately this is a book full of hope and optimism. It is the first step on a journey to improving the way that we care for people as they age and in the
final phase of life." - International Journal of Palliative Nursing
"This is a useful and accessible book, with relevance to a wide readership. It provides some fascinating insights into practices of death and loss..it would make a very worthwhile addition to the library of anyone working in this field." - BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care
"This book will be of interest to anybody involved with palliative care, gerontology or public health. It is entirely appropriate that palliative care should play a major role in improving end-of-life care for older people." - IAHPC Newsletter
Merryn Gott and Christine Ingleton: Introduction
Section 1 - What is Different about Dying in Old Age?
1: Barbara Gomes, Joachim Cohen, Luc Deliens and Irene J Higginson: International trends in circumstances of death and dying amongst older people
2: Allan Kellehear: The care of older people at the end of life: an historical perspective
3: John A Vincent: Anti-ageing and scientific avoidance of death
4: Jane Seymour and Merryn Gott: The challenges of health technology for ageing and dying
5: Merryn Gott, Andrew M. Ibrahim and Robert H. Binstock: The disadvantaged dying: ageing, ageism and palliative care provision for older people in the UK
6: Liz Lloyd: What do we know about the congruence between what older people prioritise at the end of life and policy and practices?
Section 2 - What Can a Public Health Perspective Bring to Improving the End of Life Experience for Older People?
7: Bruce Rumbold: Health promoting palliative care and dying in old age
8: Neil Small and Anita Sargeant: User and community participation at the end of life
9: Koen Meeussen, Lieve Van den Block and Luc Deliens: Advance care planning: international perspectives
10: Jonathan Koffman: New public health approaches to address diversity and end-of-life issues for older people?
11: Amanda Robert and Sinead McGilloway: Loss and bereavement in older age: developing community-based bereavement support
Section 3 - Involving Carers at the End of Life
12: Sheila Payne: The changing profile of the family caregivers of older people: a European perspective
13: Gunn Grande and John Keady: Needs, access and support for older carers
14: Mike Nolan and Tony Ryan: Family carers, palliative care and the end-of-life
15: Barbara Hanratty: Costs of family caregiving
16: Philip Larkin and Meg Hegarty: Workforce development: an international perspective on who will provide care
Section 4 - The Significance of Place at the End of Life
17: Habib Chaudhury, Gloria Puurveen and Jennifer Lyle: Place matters: an exploration of the role of physical environment in end of life care
18: Katherine Froggatt, Kevin Brazil, Jo Hockley and Elisabeth Reitinger: Improving care for older people living and dying in long term care settings: a whole system approach
19: Deborah Parker: The development and implementation of evidence based palliative care guidelines for residential care: lessons for other countries
20: Clare Gardiner and Sarah Barnes: Improving environments for care at the end of life in hospitals
Section 5 - Moving Forward: A Debate about Priorities for Research and Service Development
21: Murna Downs: End of life care for older people with dementia: Priorities for research and service development
22: Irene J. Higginson: Evidence, evidence and evidence: future priorities for research and service development in improving palliative care for older people
23: Scott A. Murray: Priorities for research and service development in primary care to improve end-of-life for older people
24: Margaret O'Connor: Priorities for specialist palliative care: an Australian perspective
25: Sabine Pleschberger: Inter-disciplinary perspectives
26: Jackie Robinson and Christine Ingleton: Workforce capacity issues: a New Zealand perspective
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