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Caring for Patients at the End of LifeFacing an Uncertain Future Together$
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Timothy Quill

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195139402

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139402.001.0001

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Discussing Palliative Care with Patients

Discussing Palliative Care with Patients

(p.100) 7 Discussing Palliative Care with Patients
Caring for Patients at the End of Life

Timothy E. Quill (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains the importance of discussing palliative care with patients. Palliative care focuses on relieving pain and other physical symptoms, enhancing psychosocial supports, and allowing patients and families to achieve meaningful resolution to their lives together. However, even experienced physicians sometimes find it difficult to discuss palliative care because of cultural alienation from death and deification of medical technology. The chapter lists the clinical indications for discussing palliative care.

Keywords:   palliative care, patients, death, cultural alienation, medication technology

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