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The last days

David Henderson and Paul McIntyre

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/9780199694143.003.0155
The last days

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This chapter presents a case study to illustrate the desired skills, attitudes, and knowledge required to integrate the needs of the dying patient and their family when providing care. It considers some questions such as: What is required to understand better and treat Mrs S. B. 's current situation (Mrs S. B. is a seventy-four-year-old woman with non-small-cell lung cancer and liver metastases). What possible reasons might there be for Mrs S. B.'s decline? What resources need to be in place to enable Mrs S. B. to remain at home for her last days and hours? How to assess the patient's and family's insight and understanding? What will dying look like? What needs to happen at the time of death?

Keywords: dying patient; medical education; case studies; patient care; dying; cancer patients; death

Chapter.  5065 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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