Suffering and distress at the end-of-life

Psycho-Oncology, 04/24/2012

Suffering is individual, unique, and inherent to each person. Assessment processes require keeping in mind the complexity, multi–dimensionality, and subjectivity of symptoms and experiences. Optimal palliative care is based on continuous and multidimensional evaluation and treatment of symptoms and syndromes. It should take place in a clinical context where the psychological, spiritual, and socio–cultural needs of the patient–family unit are taken care of simultaneously.

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