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The Common Sense Guide to Improving Palliative Care 1st Edition

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"Everyone who works in palliative care needs to read this gem of a guide to achieving measurable quality improvements in palliative care, and that includes administrators...This is a practical, how-to-do-it book that is packed with useful information and written with an energy that is infectious."--Roger Woodruff, Director of Palliative Care, Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia

About the Author

Ekta Chaudhry, M.B.B.S, M.H.S.A., is a quality improvement specialist who consults with organizations nationwide. She has co-directed various palliative care collaboratives in effort to improve care for patients nearing end of life.Lin Simon has worked improving care for people with dementia for over twenty years and brings clinical experiences to the book. She has participated in several regional collaboratives and has worked with nurses at the bedside in long term care to improve care of older adults.Anne M. Wilkinson, M.S., Ph.D., Dr. Wilkinson is a Senior Social and Behavioral Scientist with the R.A.N.D. 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 C.H.F. and C.O.P.D. patients to investigate the caregiving experience. Janice Lynch Schuster has worked with Joanne Lynn, M.D., for almost a decade. She is the co-author of Improving Care for the End of Life: A Sourcebook for Health Care Managers and Clinicians. She has written materials for many agencies and organizations, including the National Institute on Aging, and for publications, such as The Washington Post.Joanne Lynn, M.D., a Senior Natural Scientist with R.A.N.D., works to improve care for persons facing serious, eventually fatal, chronic illness (www.MediCaring.org). For thirty years, she attended nursing homes, home, and hospice patients. She was Professor of Medicine and led the Support project. Dr. Lynn has anchored a dozen quality improvement collaboratives. Her publications include The Handbook for Mortals, a book for the public Improving Care for the End of Life, a guide to C.Q.I. for managers and clinicians; and Sick to Death and Not Going to Take it Any More!, a guide to policy reform for the last years of life.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (February 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195310411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195310412
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,671,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Janice Lynch Schuster is an award-winning nonfiction writer and essayist, as well as a poet and illustrator. Her first illustrated book, "What Are Mothers For?" is available now via Amazon. After struggling to cope with grief over the death of her grandmother, Janice turned to drawing, an art form totally new to her. She has since written and illustrated an entire collection of books in this series, which will include grandmothers, fathers, friends, dogs, family caregivers, and more (and more diverse images, too). The mother of six, Lynch Schuster is a poet, whose collection, "Saturday at the Gym," includes reflections on boxing, motherhood, and aging.

Janice recently wrote two essays about her art journey. Disruptive Women in Healthcare featured her blog, "I Came To Live In Color," for Aging with Audacity. Here is the link:

Maria Shriver featured her story on her website, and you can read it here:


Janice sells original art, most inspired by poetry, via Handmade at Amazon: www.amazon.com/handmade/JustByJanice. She takes work on commission, too. Future books in progress include, "What Are Children For?," "Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth," "What Are Grandmothers For?" And " What Are Friends For?"

She is a frequent contributor to major news outlets, including "The Washington Post," and "The Shriver Report," and a member of groups that include Disruptive Women in Healthcare, the American Society for Journalists and Authors, and the Association of Health Care Journalists. Her professional work focuses on topics related to aging, especially family caregiving, advance care planning and dying. Her book, "Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness," received the 2012 Book Award from the American Medical Writers Association. She has also been recognized for her work for NIH.

The experience of publishing an art book has convinced her, at last, that it is never too late and we are never too old to try something new, for the creative heart beats within each of us.

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Joanne Lynn and colleagues have just come out with a great new book, The Common Sense Guide to Improving Palliative Care. (OxfordUniversity Press, 2007). Like their prior work in this area (Improving Care for the End of Life, now in a revised version, 2007), this pocket-sized book discusses quality improvement strategies. Using explicit examples from teams working in various venues in which palliative care is practiced (palliative care consult teams, ICU, nursing homes, hospices, etc.) the authors demonstrate how measurable improvement can be accomplished by following some straightforward quality improvement steps.

This book really is about common sense. Over and over I found myself thinking, "we could do that where I work!" I suspect other readers will similarly be inspired to emulate projects described in this fine book.

Highly recommended!

James Hallenbeck, MD

Director, Palliative Care Services

Stanford University School of Medicine
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