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Palliative Skills for Frontline Clinicians

Case Vignettes in Everyday Hospital Medicine

  • Kate Aberger
  • David Wang

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Emergency Medicine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Carter Neugarten, William Burns
      Pages 11-15
    3. Jason K. Bowman, Kei Ouchi
      Pages 17-22
    4. Monique Schaulis
      Pages 39-43
  3. Inpatient Medicine

About this book


Rooted in everyday hospital medicine, Palliative Skills for Frontline Clinicians addresses the challenges of delivering complex care to patients living with serious illnesses. Spanning emergency medicine, internal medicine, surgery and various subspecialties, each chapter reads like a story, comparing usual care with a step-by-step palliative-based approach.

This case-based book features a multidisciplinary, palliative-trained authorship, including neurologists, nephrologists, emergency physicians, surgeons, intensivists, and obstetricians. Divided into four parts, Palliative Skills for Frontline Clinicians outlines common clinical scenarios across settings and specialties to highlight unmet needs of patients with potentially terminal illnesses. Each case is broken down into the usual standard approach, and delves into detail regarding different palliative interventions that can be appropriate in those scenarios. These are meant to be practice changing; down to the actual words used to communicate with patients. In addition to the book’s focus on the principles of palliative care and the “art” of treating the patient, approaches to communication with the patient’s families for the best long-term outcomes are discussed. 

Concise and pragmatic, Palliative Skills for Frontline Clinicians is meant to be practice changing. It provides readers with both a new conceptual framework, as well as actual words to communicate with patients and medication doses for symptom management. It is an invaluable resource for non-palliative trained clinicians who wish to strengthen their palliative care skills.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Kate Aberger
    • 1
  • David Wang
    • 2
  1. 1.Director of Palliative and Geriatric MedicineSt. Joseph’s HealthPatersonUSA
  2. 2.Director of Palliative MedicineScripps HealthSan DiegoUSA

About the editors

Kate Aberger,

Director of Palliative and Geriatric Medicine,

St. Joseph’s Health,

Paterson, NJ,


Attending Physician, Emergency,

Department Robert Wood Johnson,

University Hospital,

Somerset, NJ,


David Wang,

Director of Palliative Medicine,

Scripps Health, San Diego,


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Palliative Skills for Frontline Clinicians
  • Book Subtitle Case Vignettes in Everyday Hospital Medicine
  • Editors Kate Aberger
    David Wang
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-44413-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-44414-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIII, 227
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Palliative Medicine
    Emergency Medicine
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Oncology & Hematology


“The audience is busy frontline (e.g., practicing) clinicians. It is geared specifically toward physicians and other physician extenders such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Residents and medical students as well as nursing and other healthcare learners will find this useful and easy to read. … It would be a good addition to any clinic, hospital, or healthcare library as well as busy clinician offices.” (Belinda Setters, Doody's Book Reviews, April 2, 2021)

“I am full of admiration and hope that this book succeeds. … People who work in palliative care will enjoy it and get a few pointers about working alongside palliative care-sympathetic specialists from other fields.” (Roger Woodruff, IAHPC Book Reviews,, Vol. 22 (1), January, 2021)