Palliative and supportive care: at the frontier of medical omnipotence.

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serval:BIB_902C13A4761F
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Publication sub-type
Review (review): journal as complete as possible of one specific subject, written based on exhaustive analyses from published work.
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Title
Palliative and supportive care: at the frontier of medical omnipotence.
Journal
Annals of Oncology
Author(s)
Stiefel F., Guex P.
ISSN
0923-7534 (Print)
ISSN-L
0923-7534
Publication state
Published
Issued date
1996
Volume
7
Number
2
Pages
135-138
Language
english
Notes
Publication types: Journal Article ; Review
Abstract
Cancer patients have physical, social, spiritual an emotional needs. They may suffer from severe physical symptoms, from social isolation and a sense of spiritual abandonment, and emotions such as sadness and anxiety, or feeling of deception, helplessness, anger and guilt. In some of them, the disease is rapidly progressive and they ultimately die. Their demanding care evokes intense feelings in health care providers, the more so since these incurable patients represent a challenge, which can be characterized as one of 'medical omnipotence'. It may be assumed that the way health care providers cope with these circumstances profoundly influences the way these patients are cared for. Attitudes regarding the emerging heterogeneous movement of palliative and supportive care and its different models of implementation can be viewed form this vantage point. Here we look at these interrelations and discuss the potential pitfalls if they are ignored and remain unexamined.
Keywords
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Humans, Neoplasms/therapy, Palliative Care/methods, Palliative Care/psychology, Social Support, Terminal Care/methods, Terminal Care/psychology
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Web of science
Open Access
Yes
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