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Relationships best palliative care for terminally ill

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I think the research is qualifying what palliative care nurses already know. I believe in a hospice, spiritual needs are easy to tap into with patients and their families. Unfortunately in an acute hospital setting it's difficult, if not impossible. Night-duty is when most possibilities arise. I have found not enough importance is given over to the spiritual aspect of palliative care in hospital. First consultations with consultants are quite good, but follow up from then is scarce. This is reflected by the fact that our Oncology / Palliative care ward don't even have care plans to address this aspect. It may get the occasional mention as a miscellaneous subject. I would like to see this change where I work.

Posted date

31 July, 2010

Posted time

6:17 pm

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