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Impact on quality of life

Nick Bosanquet and Chris Salisbury

in Providing a palliative care service: towards an evidence base

Published in print March 1999 | ISBN: 9780192629913
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730153 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629913.003.0012
Impact on quality of life

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This chapter discusses the implications of the palliative care models on the quality of life and psychological well being of terminally ill patients. Experimental and descriptive studies that evaluated the model of palliative care and used quality of life as an outcome are considered. The term ‘quality of life’ includes the measures to assess the quality of life as well as the measures of pain control, symptom control, and general well being. The chapter does not include discussions on the development of research instruments geared to measure the quality of life, or the impact of palliative care on the quality of life and bereavement of relatives and families, or the implications of palliative care for non-terminally ill patients. However, it does include reviews of assessment tools, the concept of quality of life and its methods of assessment, and the role of care-givers in assessing the quality of life of the patients. Included as well are comparative studies of the palliative care practices and their impact on the quality of life of patients in the US and UK.

Keywords: palliative care; quality of life; psychological well being; pain control; symptom control; assessment tools

Chapter.  9375 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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