n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Psychosocial issues in palliative care : main topic
|Article Title||Psychosocial issues in palliative care : main topic|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||CME : Your SA Journal of CPD|
|Publication Date||May 2003|
|Pages||249 - 252|
|Keyword(s)||Palliative care and Psychosocial factors|
There is a psychosocial dimension to the work of all professionals involved in palliative care. Patients with life-threatening illness experience a series of losses as the illness progresses. Patients' symptoms and families' reactions are not unrelated and addressing both aspects is healthier for both. Never underestimate the theurapeutic value of listening empathetically to 'the story'. By shattering even unrealistic hope, we run the risk of stripping the ability of patients and family to cope.
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