Current Provision of Psychosocial Care Within Palliative Care

Trevor Friedman

in Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care

Second edition

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216420
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730306 | DOI:
Current Provision of Psychosocial Care Within Palliative Care

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This chapter examines the provision of psychosocial care in the palliative care setting in Great Britain. It analyses the facts behind the increasing understanding that while a level of psychological distress is understandably associated with the diagnosis of cancer there is also a high level of psychiatric morbidity that, if treated, leads to an improvement in a person's state of mind and their quality of life. It suggests that palliative care should address the high incidence of psychological morbidity by providing screening methods and tool that may be used for the detection and management of psychological disorders.

Keywords: psychosocial care; palliative care; screening; psychological distress; cancer; psychiatric morbidity; psychological morbidity; psychological disorders

Chapter.  7845 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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