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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 123--128

Psychosocial issues in palliative care: A review of five cases


Department of Anesthesia, Pain and Palliative Care Unit, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu, PMB 01129, Nigeria

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Tonia C Onyeka
Department of Anesthesia, Pain and Palliative Care Unit, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu, PMB 01129
Nigeria
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.73642

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Palliative care is not just vital in controlling symptoms of the patient's disease condition, but also aims to extend the patient's life, giving it a better quality. However, several times in the course of management, the psychosocial impact of cancer, HIV/AIDS, and other life-limiting disease conditions may not be noticed and dealt with during the admission period, thereby giving rise to a more complex situation than the disease condition itself. This article aims to review some psychosocial issues and measures that can be taken to address them. It highlights the various roles and the importance of the clinician, nurse, social worker, and other members of the multidisciplinary team in tackling these issues and will help healthcare professionals in this field achieve better practice in the future.






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