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Suffering in patients and families

Genevieve Thompson and Harvey Chochinov

in Palliative Medicine

Third edition

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199694143
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739255 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694143.003.0080
Suffering in patients and families

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This chapter contains a case study to show the desired skills, attitudes, and expertise required to diagnose and help ease suffering in patients and families. It addresses several questions such as: What is suffering and how common is it in patients at the end of life? What influence do healthcare providers have on patient and family suffering? What approach could be taken to alleviate suffering and preserve or augment the patient's dignity? How can a physician prepare him- or herself to support a patient's sense of dignity and reduce the likelihood of suffering?

Keywords: suffering; medical education; end of life; cancer patients; families; patient care

Chapter.  5240 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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