2011
DOI: 10.1002/pon.2087
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Suffering and distress at the end‐of‐life

Abstract: 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. A deep knowledge of the nature of suffe… Show more

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“…Although some research-based knowledge is important to share, directly after crisis may not be the best time to attempt teaching theories to individuals who are actively experiencing the trauma. Also, it is important to note here that Kubler-Ross's theory of death and dying, which continues to be very popular and widely used, has been demonstrated to be inaccurate (Hooyman & Kiyak, 2011;Konigsberg, 2011;Krikorian, Limonero, & Mate, 2012;Langner, 2002).…”
Section: Thematic Overviewmentioning
confidence: 97%
“…Although some research-based knowledge is important to share, directly after crisis may not be the best time to attempt teaching theories to individuals who are actively experiencing the trauma. Also, it is important to note here that Kubler-Ross's theory of death and dying, which continues to be very popular and widely used, has been demonstrated to be inaccurate (Hooyman & Kiyak, 2011;Konigsberg, 2011;Krikorian, Limonero, & Mate, 2012;Langner, 2002).…”
Section: Thematic Overviewmentioning
confidence: 97%
“…As patients have been found to live longer with advanced disease depending upon the location and extent of metastases [1], quality of life (QoL) issues have become increasingly salient for patients diagnosed with MBC. Research has shown that several factors are key to MBC patients' QoL, including pain, discomfort, anxiety, and depression [3,4].…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…23,24 Hence, even without discussing prognosis, facing cancer causes people to reflect more intensely upon existential issues, such as the meaning and purpose in one's life 2 and fear of death.…”
Section: Existential Well-beingmentioning
confidence: 99%