Free Palliative Care eBooks for Training and Discussion
These eBooks are great resources to enhance your training, deepen your discussions, and advance your practice in palliative care, hospice, or any healthcare setting. Feel free to share them, print them, and bring them to staff meetings or training sessions. These concise and insightful publications will enlighten and inspire you, provide you with new tools and strategies, and help you get important conversations started!
Coping With Moral Distress: A Guide for Healthcare Providers Caring for Patients with Serious Illness
Moral distress happens when a nurse or other healthcare provider knows the right thing to do, but is prevented from doing it. This eBook will help improve your ability to handle morally challenging situations in the workplace. It delivers strategies that address moral distress and strengthen professional and personal resilience so the important work of providing all levels of care can continue.
Learn more about our Coping With Moral Distress eBook here.
This eBook will help you enhance care for your patients with serious or life-limiting illness, while strengthening your professional relationships and reducing the risk of malpractice suits and other costly litigation. You’ll learn to identify types of unhealthy boundaries and special areas of risk; the benefits associated with healthy boundaries; and strategies for establishing healthy boundaries.
Learn more about our Building Healthy Boundaries eBook here.
This eBook will guide you in how to discuss and document patients’ treatment preferences and goals of care. It will lay out the importance of communicating those goals to the rest of the palliative care team to ensure that everyone is working cohesively to support the patients’ wishes. Most of all, this eBook will empower you to help patients have a powerful and defining voice in their own care during the most vulnerable time in their lives.
Learn more about our Power of Words eBook here.
Understanding the typical progression of a serious or life-limiting disease, from diagnosis through the end of life, is crucial to providing person-centered care. This eBook examines the common trajectories of serious illness and dying—including a fifth trajectory not identified in well-known studies—and offers a framework for how primary care clinicians and palliative care practitioners can best serve patients and families experiencing any one of them.
Learn more about our Five Trajectories eBook here.
Gratitude: Self-Care Strategies to Improve Life and Work for Palliative Care and Care Management Professionals
Self-care is critical for doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other palliative care professionals. Multiple studies show practicing gratitude is an effective way to build resiliency, avoid burnout and improve care for patients with serious or chronic illness. This engaging eBook offers simple but effective tools for incorporating gratitude into your life and work.
Learn more about our Gratitude eBook here.
Mindfulness is a stress-reducing practice that can offer patients profound relief from anxiety and the discomforting symptoms of their disease. At the same time, mindfulness is a powerful self-care strategy for healthcare professionals, particularly those working in palliative care or hospice.
In this eBook, Lauren Kriegel from the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey explores some of the best practices and extraordinary benefits of mindfulness.
Learn more about our Mindfulness eBook here.
Advance are planning is critically important in ensuring each person can choose the care they want, or don’t want, at the end of life and in the event of catastrophic illness or injury. This guide, produced in cooperation with the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, addresses some of the most common stumbling blocks and clears the way for professionals—in palliative care and other settings—to communicate clearly with their patients.
Learn more about our Advance Care Planning eBook here.
Hope is an important part of coping with serious illness. Studies show a correlation between hope and a sense of control. When a person and family encounters life-limiting disease, hope takes on new meaning. In palliative care and hospice care, social workers and other members of the care team can support patients and families by fostering and supporting “healthy hope.”
Learn more about our Hope eBook here.