As humanitarian aid organizations have evolved, there is a growing recognition that incorporating palliative care into aid efforts is an essential part of providing the best care possible. A Field Manual for Palliative Care in Humanitarian Crises represents the first-ever effort at educating and providing guidance for clinicians not formally trained in palliative care in how to incorporate its principles into their work in crisis situations. Written by a team of international experts, this pocket-sized manual identifies the needs of people affected by natural hazards, political or ethnic conflict, epidemics of life-threatening infections, and other humanitarian crises. Later chapters explore topics including pain management, skin conditions, non-communicable diseases, palliative care emergencies, the law and ethics of end of life care, and more. Concise and highly accessible, this manual is an ideal educational tool pre-deployment or during fieldwork for clinicians involved in planning and providing humanitarian aid, local care providers, and medical trainees.
1. Introduction: Why Palliative Care? Elisha Waldman and Marcia Glass 2. Palliative Care Needs of People Affected by Natural Hazards, Political or Ethnic Conflict, Epidemics of Life-Threatening Infections, and Other Humanitarian Crises Eric L. Krakauer, Bethany-Rose Daubman, Tammam Aloudat, Nahid Bhadelia, Lynn Black, Sanja Janjanin, and Farzana Khan 3. Practical Tips on Integrating Palliative Care Brett Sutton and Joan Marston 4. Pain Management Elisha Waldman and Stefan J. Friedrichsdorf 5. Dyspnea Meaghann S. Weaver 6. Gastrointestinal Symptom Management Gary Hsin 7. Delirium and Acute Anxiety Kevin Bezanson and Stephanie Rogers 8. Skin Conditions in Crisis Areas Marcia Glass, Carrie Kovarik, Mara Haseltine, Sandra L. Freiwald, and Susan Barbour 9. Care of the Dying Patient Megan Doherty and Joshua Hauser 10. Noncommunicable Diseases in Crisis Regions Sujatha Sankaran, Sriram Shamasunder, Marcia Glass, and Mhoira E.F. Leng 11. Palliative Care Emergencies in Humanitarian Crises David M. Williscroft 12. Pediatric Palliative Care in the Context of Humanitarian Crises Elisha Waldman and Justin N. Baker 13. Essential Medicines Catherine Habashy, Sarah L. Comolli, and Justin N. Baker 14. Communicating Bad News Meaghann S. Weaver and Michaela Ibach 15. Law and Ethics of End-of-Life Care in Humanitarian Crises Natasha Yacoub, Lisa Schwartz, and Kevin Bezanson 16. Cultural, Psychological, and Spiritual Dimensions of Palliative Care in Humanitarian Crises Denah M. Joseph, Peter Yuichi Clark, and Jessi Humphreys 17. A Trauma-Informed Response to Working in Humanitarian Crises: Focus on Providers Denah M. Joseph and Jessi Humphreys