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Unique Textbook Complementary Nursing in End of Life Care

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214234399Madeleine Kerkhof-Knapp Hayes, a Dutch specialist in integrative care, published an unique textbook on ‘Complementary Nursing in End of Life Care’, and created a milestone for practitioners interested in integrated care in the last phase of life and palliative care.

The book is a brave undertaking and an opus magnum in this field of more than 400 pages including a vary handy index.

The author covered a number of integrative skills such as aroma therapy, massage and aqua care and highlights the use of aromatic compounds. The book is extremely handy and gives many explicite tips how to work with patients suffering from a great number of complaints and disorders. For instance Madeleine explains what aromatic compounds and oils to select in cases as neuropathic pains or respiratory complaints. She explicitly advices on which herbs and aromatic oils to select and how to dose.

One important chapter of the book, making the book unique and very valuable is the chapter on how to care for the dying. This is a much neglected topic in our society. Madelaine describes how to help the dying with massage and aromatherapy, in a very inspiring way. She knows what she talks about, because she herself works in this field already for many years.

Specific recipes, treatment protocols and recommendations are added for many different situations, making the book also very practical.

This book forms a milestone in integrative care for the dying, and is written by an extremely brave and inspired individual. The book moves us and I hope it will inspire health care professionals to implement a new paradigm of care in our practice, especially in the care for the very sick and the dying.

Good work Madeleine!

Prof. dr. Jan M. Keppel Hesselink, MD, PhD
President Foundation IOCOB

Complementary Nursing in End of Life Care – Integrative care in Palliative Care Hardcover – 2015
by Madeleine Kerkhof-Knapp Hayes (Author)

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