Chapter

The State of Illness

Eric J. Cassell

in The Nature of Healing

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195369052
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979103 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369052.003.0009
The State of Illness

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As illness deepens a state of illness begins. A state is a combination of circumstances or attributes belonging for a time to a person—a way or manner of existing. It happens to seriously ill persons requiring care in bed who are unable to attend to themselves or who require institutional or hospital care. An example is given of a patient progressing to a state of illness. The essential characteristic of a state is a redirection of all of the person’s thoughts and actions to focus on the state. The impact on the person of a state of being is widespread from the social to the molecular level. What is happening includes the entire range of things emotional, social, and physical that occur in sickness. It is the personal experience of feeling decrepit, fragile, vulnerable, weak, without energy, and feeble. Dealing with the state of illness is discussed in detail.

Keywords: state; state of illness; state of illness, patient characteristics; emotional closeness; burnout; burnout, prevention of; cognitive impairment; healing the state of illness; healthy, characteristics of

Chapter.  10257 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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