Discussing Palliative Care with Patients

Timothy E. Quill

in Caring for Patients at the End of Life

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195139402
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999859 | DOI:
Discussing Palliative Care with Patients

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This chapter explains the importance of discussing palliative care with patients. Palliative care focuses on relieving pain and other physical symptoms, enhancing psychosocial supports, and allowing patients and families to achieve meaningful resolution to their lives together. However, even experienced physicians sometimes find it difficult to discuss palliative care because of cultural alienation from death and deification of medical technology. The chapter lists the clinical indications for discussing palliative care.

Keywords: palliative care; patients; death; cultural alienation; medication technology

Chapter.  8153 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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