n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Psychosocial issues in palliative care : main topic

Volume 21, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



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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