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- Understanding the will to live in patients nearing death
- Chochinov, Harvey Max; Hack, Thomas; Hassard, Thomas; Kristjanson, Linda J.; McClement, Susan; Harlos, Mike
- This study examined concurrent influences on the will to live in 189 patients with end-stage cancer. The authors found significant correlations between the will to live and existential, psychological, social, and, to a lesser degree, physical sources of distress. Existential variables proved to have the most influence, with hopelessness, burden to others, and dignity entering into the final model. Health care providers must learn to appreciate the importance of existential issues and their ability to influence the will to live among patients nearing death.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Psychosomatics, Vol. 46, no. 1 (Feb 2005), pp. 7-10
- Publication year
- FOR Code(s)
- 1103 Clinical Sciences
- Distress syndrome; Healthcare personnel; Human experiment; Pain measurement; Patient attitude; Personality inventory; Psychological aspect; Psychometrics; Quality of life; Regression analysis; Sick role; Sickness impact profile; Terminal care; Terminal illness; Volition; Wellbeing
- American Psychiatric Publishing
- Publisher URL
- Copyright © 2005 The Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.
- Peer reviewed