Chronic Disease and Mental Care
Patients with incurable diseases may have to endure painful treatment or live an inactive life, even if their lives are extended by treatment. They may need to find new reasons for living their lives with disease. Some patients might choose to end their lives because they cannot find a new reason. Mental support is needed for these patients. Physicians who care for patients with incurable diseases should provide mental care beyond physical care, though this may not be currently regarded as part of physicians’ responsibility. Physicians must have extensive knowledge and multifaceted abilities, not limited to those pertaining to medicine, as well as well-rounded knowledge of psychology and the human mind. They should also be philosophically capable of pondering the meaning of life.
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