Palliative care Book Section


Authors: Breitbart, W.; Gibson, C.; Chochinov, H. M.
Editor: Levenson, J. L.
Article/Chapter Title: Palliative care
Abstract: (from the chapter) This chapter prepares the psychosomatic medicine practitioner to become an effective psychiatric clinician involved in the care of patients with advanced, life-threatening medical illnesses, either as a consultant to or a part of the palliative care team. In this chapter, we review basic concepts and the role of the psychiatrist in palliative care, including assessment and management of common psychiatric disorders in the terminally ill, with special attention to suicide and desire for hastened death. We describe the psychotherapies developed for use in palliative care settings and then discuss spirituality, cultural sensitivity, communication, grief and bereavement, and control of common physical symptoms. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).
Keywords: palliative care, psychosomatic medicine, psychiatric disorders, medical illnesses, terminally ill
Book Title: The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine
ISBN: 9781585621279
Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing  
Publication Place: Arlington, VA
Date Published: 2005-01-01
Start Page: 979
End Page: 1007
Language: English
ACCESSION: Book: 2004-22157-039
PROVIDER: Ovid Technologies
PROVIDER: psycinfo
DOI/URL:
Notes: Book Chapter 40 -- Source: PsycINFO
MSK Authors
  1. William S Breitbart
    338 Breitbart
  2. Christopher A Gibson
    12 Gibson
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