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The challenge of providing palliative care in the home

Derek Doyle, David Jeffrey and Kenneth Calman

in Palliative Care in the Home

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780192632272
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730245 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632272.003.0001
The challenge of providing palliative care in the home

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Palliative care aims to give the best quality of life for patients with incurable life-threatening diseases. It provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms associated with these diseases. Palliative care also aims to provide a support system to aid the family in coping with the patient's illness and their bereavement. One of the most significant phases of palliative care is the terminal care that takes place in the last days of life and which aims to provide a dignified death for the patient. This chapter discusses the challenges faced by the primary care teams in providing palliative care within the home setting. Among these are communication problems; continuity of care; competency of the multidisciplinary specialist palliative care teams; team work within the multidisciplinary teams; ethical issues and dilemmas; investment of time by the health care providers; needs of the relatives and carers; and partnership between the family, patients, and professionals.

Keywords: palliative care; quality of life; life-threatening diseases; support system; terminal care; home; primary care; communication problems; continuity of care; competency

Chapter.  1303 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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