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The Philosophy of Palliative CareCritique and Reconstruction$
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Fiona Randall and R S Downie

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198567363

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567363.001.0001

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Assessment and treatment of psychosocial and spiritual problems

Assessment and treatment of psychosocial and spiritual problems

(p.149) 7 Assessment and treatment of psychosocial and spiritual problems
The Philosophy of Palliative Care

Fiona Randall

Oxford University Press

WHO defines palliative care as an approach that is not only aimed at improving the quality of life of the patients and their families but also one aimed at the treatment of the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual problems of all the parties involved. This chapter discusses another philosophy of palliative care that focuses on the treatment of the emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual distress of the patients and their families. It examines the responsibility of the health-care professionals in addressing the psychosocial and spiritual problems of the patients and their families. The chapter also explores alternative means to address such needs in the event that treatment of such needs is not possible or desirable.

Keywords:   psychosocial problems, spiritual problems, emotional distress, responsibility, health-care professionals, alternative means

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