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- New dimensions in palliative care: a palliative approach to neurodegenerative diseases and final illness in older people
- Kristjanson, Linda J.; Toye, Christine; Dawson, Sky
- A palliative care approach has much to offer people in the advanced stages of neurodegenerative diseases, as well as elderly people dying from diseases other than cancer. Palliative care can be part of the treatment repertoire of any health worker, supported by intermittent consultation or referral to specialist palliative care services (eg, for management of neuropathic pain). A palliative care approach encourages a focus on pain and symptom management, and prompts more open communication about end-of-life issues. This approach recruits as necessary the expertise of specialists and multidisciplinary teams to encourage a flexible, responsive service. Home carers and healthcare providers require education to ensure a palliative approach that meets the physical, psychological, spiritual and social challenges facing patients and their families, and enhances dignity and quality of life.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Medical Journal of Australia, Vol. 179, supplement 6 (Sep 2003), pp. S41-S43
- Publication year
- FOR Code(s)
- 11 Medical and Health Sciences
- Cognition disorders; Communication disorders; Mood disorders; Neurodegenerative diseases; Pain; Palliative care; Psychology; Therapy
- Australasian Medical Publishing Company
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- Copyright © 2003 The Medical Journal of Australia.
- Peer reviewed