Psychologic issues in palliative care Journal Article


Authors: Gibson, C. A.; Lichtenthal, W.; Berg, A.; Breitbart, W.
Article Title: Psychologic issues in palliative care
Abstract: As the possibility of cure becomes increasingly remote in the care of the person with terminal illness, the focus of treatment shifts to symptom control and enhancement of quality of life. These patients are uniquely vulnerable to both physical and psychiatric complications. It is critical that clinicians working with such patients recognize the unique knowledge and skills of psychologists and psychiatrists and the contributions they can make to the care of terminally ill individuals. The role of the mental health professional in the care of terminally ill or dying persons is critical to both adequate symptom control and the integration of the physical, psychologic, and spiritual dimensions of human experience in the last weeks of life. The effective cooperation of the physician and these clinicians is essential to the proper care of the dying patient so that both the psychiatric and physical complications that plague terminally ill individuals can be controlled effectively. © 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Keywords: review; anorexia; palliative care; disease association; pain; haloperidol; olanzapine; delirium; palliative therapy; prevalence; weight reduction; asthenia; patient care; psychological aspect; terminally ill; depression; death; dementia; benzodiazepine derivative; neuroleptic agent; anxiety disorder; suicide; mental disorders; physician; cognitive defect; acquired immune deficiency syndrome; anxiety; terminal care; cognition disorders; alprazolam; medical care; lifespan
Journal Title: Anesthesiology Clinics of North America
Volume: 24
Issue: 1
ISSN: 0889-8537
Publisher: Elsevier Inc.  
Date Published: 2006-03-01
Start Page: 61
End Page: 80
Language: English
DOI: 10.1016/j.atc.2005.12.001
PUBMED: 16487896
PROVIDER: scopus
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Notes: --- - "Cited By (since 1996): 2" - "Export Date: 4 June 2012" - "CODEN: ACNAE" - "Source: Scopus"
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  1. William S Breitbart
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  2. Christopher A Gibson
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  3. Amy C Berg
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