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Psychosocial aspects in palliative care–communicating with the patient and family

Publication year
2000
Author(s)
Hockley, J.
Pages
905-10
Volume
39
Number
8

The dynamics surrounding the patient and family facing a death as the ‘unit of care’ is discussed. Aspects of communication, openness within the family, especially concerning children and teenagers, and factors that enable a family to function under the stress of a loved one’s terminal illness are explored. The use of a genogram in palliative care to help to piece together the family dynamics and available support is fundamental to the care for the whole family.

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