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Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care$
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Mari Lloyd-Williams

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199216420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216420.001.0001

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Current Provision of Psychosocial Care Within Palliative Care

Current Provision of Psychosocial Care Within Palliative Care

(p.95) Chapter 5 Current Provision of Psychosocial Care Within Palliative Care
Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care

Trevor Friedman

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the provision of psychosocial care in the palliative care setting in Great Britain. It analyses the facts behind the increasing understanding that while a level of psychological distress is understandably associated with the diagnosis of cancer there is also a high level of psychiatric morbidity that, if treated, leads to an improvement in a person's state of mind and their quality of life. It suggests that palliative care should address the high incidence of psychological morbidity by providing screening methods and tool that may be used for the detection and management of psychological disorders.

Keywords:   psychosocial care, palliative care, screening, psychological distress, cancer, psychiatric morbidity, psychological morbidity, psychological disorders

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