Clinical implications

Irene J. Higginson

in Palliative Care for Non-cancer Patients

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780192629609
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730054 | DOI:
Clinical implications

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This chapter seeks to draw together the main clinical implications from this body of work on the care of patients with non-cancer. Rather than deal with each particular condition, it concentrates on common issues. Topics covered include assessment and diagnosis, appropriate treatment and appropriate death, information and communication, listening skills, specific communication in palliative care, breaking bad news, starting and withdrawing treatments, communicating with the family and with other professionals, management of three common symptoms, spiritual and existential needs, and multi-professional care.

Keywords: patient care; end of life care; palliative care; treatment; diagnosis; communication

Chapter.  8215 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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