© 2013

End of Life Care in Neurological Disease

  • David Oliver
  • Focuses on specific issues in end of life care for neurological disease

  • Develops and expands the most important issues in this developing field

  • Has a multidisciplinary focus to reflect clinical practice in this field


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Tes Smith, Eleanor Sherwen
    Pages 1-18
  3. David Oliver, Eli Silber
    Pages 19-32
  4. Jenny Smith, Debi Adams, Colin W. Campbell
    Pages 33-50
  5. Colin W. Campbell, Barbara J. Chandler, Sue Smith
    Pages 91-111
  6. David Oliver, Sally Watson
    Pages 113-132
  7. Simon Chapman
    Pages 133-142
  8. Nigel P. Sykes
    Pages 143-159
  9. Cynthia Benz, Debra Chand
    Pages 161-186
  10. Claire Henry, Beverley Hopcutt
    Pages 187-203
  11. Simone Veronese
    Pages 213-219
  12. Liz Gwyther
    Pages 221-226
  13. David Oliver
    Pages 227-229
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 231-236

About this book


People with advancing neurological disease face increasing physical symptoms, along with psychosocial and spiritual issues affecting both themselves and their families and carers.  There is increasing awareness that the end of life in neurological disease can be anticipated and recognised, taking into account certain key features of disease progression, and the associated issues can be addressed. The individual can prepare for future changes in their health, and be in a stronger position to influence or direct the care they receive.


End of Life Care in Neurological Disease encourages health and social care professionals to become closely involved in the care of these people and their families, to maintain and maximise quality of life and plan ahead. This book addresses the principles and practice of end of life care for neurological disease, is written with a clinical, multidisciplinary focus, and is enriched with detailed case studies.


This book is an accessible text for the multidisciplinary team in specialist palliative care, and will also be of interest to healthcare professionals in neurological services, including neurologists and neurology specialist nurses, rehabilitation services, general practitioners and community nurses. As care professionals, we are in a powerful position to help those who are living with advanced neurological disease and improve their quality of life and death.


Cognitive Multidisciplinary Neurological Palliative Psychosocial

Editors and affiliations

  • David Oliver
    • 1
  1. 1.Wisdom Hospice, Rochester, UKRochesterUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Dr David Oliver is Medical Director and Consultant Physician in Palliative Medicine at the Wisdom Hospice in Rochester, Kent and Honorary Reader in Palliative Medicine at the Centre for Professional Practice at the University of Kent, where he is Director of Studies for the MSc in Supportive and Palliative Care. He is a Visiting Professor at the School of Medicine at the University of Zagreb in Croatia.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title End of Life Care in Neurological Disease
  • Editors David Oliver
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-85729-681-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4471-6010-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-85729-682-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 238
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Pain Medicine
    Internal Medicine
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Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals


From the reviews:

“This book grew out of the report on a UK meeting of health and social care professionals, together with representative patient organisations, convened to discuss the needs of people with progressive neurological disease. … This book represents a lot of work and consideration, cataloguing the needs of these patients and their carers and working out how those needs can be best met.” (Roger Woodruff, Newsletter IAHPC book reviews,, Vol. 14 (11), November, 2013)