Palliative care in the hospital setting for patients with non-malignant disease

Peter Pitcher and Carol Davis

in Palliative Care for Non-cancer Patients

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780192629609
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730054 | DOI:
Palliative care in the hospital setting for patients with non-malignant disease

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This chapter addresses the needs of patients dying from progressive non-malignant diseases and those of patients living with non-malignant diseases in the acute hospital setting, and discusses the challenges that these patients present. Three perspectives run as vertical threads through the chapter, that of the patient and the family, that of non-specialist staff, and that of specialist palliative care staff. The study is limited by the lack of formal trials of palliative care for patients with non-malignant disease in the acute hospital setting. Thus, the authors also reflect on their experiences as members of an interdisciplinary hospital palliative care team. Where necessary, they have made considered extrapolations from the literature on palliative care for cancer patients in the acute hospital and other settings.

Keywords: patient care; dying patients; family; non-specialist staff; specialist palliative care; hospital care

Chapter.  7369 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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