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Talking to dying patients of their hopes and needs

VOL: 98, ISSUE: 43, PAGE NO: 34Antonia Dean, BSc, RN, is staff nurse, Ellis ward, Royal Marsden Hospital, LondonNurses have a crucial role to play in helping patients who have a terminal illness to accept their condition. They are in the privileged position of being able to listen to patients talking about their hopes and fears, and their experience, knowledge and skills may enable patients and families to explore their feelings and come to terms with the situation.

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