Care of the dying patient

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In contrast to the numerous maladies described elsewhere in this textbook, successful care of the dying patient is not measured in terms of convalescence but rather in achievement of a “good death.” While the circumstances of death among the seriously ill in US hospitals are well defined - a high prevalence of pain and frequency of invasive procedures - the characteristics of a “good death” vary between patient, family, and provider [1, 2]. Frequently cited characteristics of a “good death” include control of severe pain, reduction of stress and anxiety, provider compassion, and the perceived knowledge and expertise of the physician [3]. However, patients with terminal conditions often report a sense of abandonment by their primary provider [4]. Increased end-of-life education among family physicians is critical in shifting patient deaths out of the hospital and into the comforts of home in effort to improve end-of-life care [5].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFamily Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples and Practice
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783319044149
ISBN (Print)9783319044132
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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