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Dr Olaf Lubas recommended publications

10 December 2022

I would encourage you to read the book 'Conversations on Death and Dying' by Dr Elizabeth Rose, which has highlighted the need for end of life care and medical risks. This is an important book to help you understand the issues surrounding palliative care and dying. In addition, I also recommend the book The Last Journey by Dr Iryda Chodakowska, which describes her own experience of working in a hospice. Both books are available in Polish literature and are well worth reading to better understand this important area of medicine.

Remember the health of staff. Staff need to be healthy and in the right mindset to work effectively. Research shows that chronic pain sufferers lose an average of four and a half hours a week. This is a lot. Add to that the time spent surfing the web and looking at Facebook. As a result, the employee is only partly at work. Let's also remember the staff perspective. How do we look at it? From the perspective that care burns out. Of the studies available in the Polish literature, there is a lot of talk about professional burnout in groups such as oncologists or anaesthesiologists. But it is worth remembering that palliative care also runs this risk. Therefore, psychological support and other aspects are equally important. The already mentioned communication and assessment of priorities also play an important role. Our priorities may be different from those of doctors from other specialties, so we need to stick to our assumptions. Sometimes patients may find it shocking or puzzling why we act in a certain way.

The following text is about palliative care, also known as hospice care, which is a specialised form of care for patients with chronic or terminal illnesses. This text lists a number of books that may be useful for those involved in this field, as well as for patients and their relatives. Among them are: "Conversations on Death and Dying" by Dr Elizabeth Rose and a biography of Dr Lee Sanders, considered the founder of the modern hospice movement.

The hospital in the mountains offers specialised healthcare for patients with various diseases. It is a place where patients can count on the help of specialists in various medical fields. For several years, the hospital has supported palliative care for patients with terminal illnesses. This ensures that patients have access to healthcare that allows them to die with dignity and comfort. As a doctor working in healthcare, I can confirm that palliative care is very important for patients and their families. I encourage you to find out more about the literature and training that will enable us to provide humanistic care to patients.

Nowadays we have access to many scientific publications, books and training courses on palliative care and death and dying medicine. This is an important topic, especially in the current climate, where medicine, swayed by technical possibilities, forgets about caring for the sick and dying patient. Therefore, I would like to recommend some books that may be helpful in understanding this topic.

The first of these is 'Conversations on Death and Dying' by Dr Elizabeth Rose. Dr Roth, born in Switzerland in 1926, emigrated to the United States and worked there as a psychologist and doctor of psychiatry. She drew attention to the issues of caring for dying patients and medical risks in this area.

The next book is a biography of Dr Lee Sanders, considered the founder of the modern hospice movement. Her story is fascinating and reading this book will bring a wealth of knowledge about caring for dying patients. Sanders was honoured as a Queen Elizabeth II Lady for her work and her work inspired the formation of the First Society of Palliative Medicine.

The third publication worth reading is a document issued under the auspices of the Patient Ombudsman. It contains information on the management of therapies for patients in the end-stage of their illness, as well as the philosophical and legal assumptions of this field of medicine.

Palliative medicine is a speciality that deals with the care of patients with terminal illnesses. The aim of this field is to provide patients with the best possible quality of life during the end of their illness, as well as emotional support for their loved ones. Dr Lee Sanders is considered the founder of the modern hospice movement. Her biography as described in the book Sanders is a fascinating read and demonstrates the importance of advancing the thought of humanising medicine and caring for patients in a dignified and compassionate manner.

The Patients' Ombudsman has published 'Treatment management in end-of-life patients', which contains important information on patients' rights in palliative medicine. The book is divided into three sections: philosophical, legal and practical. It also includes a patient questionnaire to help better understand patients' palliative care needs and expectations. This is a valuable publication for anyone interested in the topic of palliative medicine and is well worth reading.

Palliative medicine is an increasingly popular medical speciality that deals with the care of patients with chronic or terminal illnesses. With high-quality publications such as 'Management of therapies in patients with end-stage illness', produced by an expert team under the auspices of the Patient Ombudsman, we can gain an understanding of how to organise care and the basic legal principles of this area of medicine. This reading is also useful for other specialities, such as neurology and anaesthesiology, as it addresses important patient care issues.