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The final days: terminal care at 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/9780192632272.003.0013
The final days: terminal care at home

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This chapter focuses on the terminal phase of palliative care at home. The aims of care in the terminal phase are to enable and secure that the patient will die with dignity. The doctor plays a crucial role in establishing that the patient is in the terminal phase of the illness. In this period, symptoms such as pain, restlessness, secretions, haemorrhage, convulsions, vomiting, and dyspnoea become dramatic and massive. This period also requires an in-depth review of the palliative care from the perspective of the patient, to review the medication, the nursing care, and the care of the relatives.

Keywords: terminal phase; die with dignity; review; palliative care; medication; nursing care; relatives

Chapter.  2433 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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