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Soins palliatifs et soins de support: à la frontière de la toute-puissance médicale [Palliative and supportive care: at the frontiers of medical omnipotence].
Revue Médicale De La Suisse Romande
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Cancer patients have physical, social, spiritual and emotional needs. They may suffer from severe physical symptoms, from social isolation, spiritual abandonment, and emotions such as sadness and anxiety, or feelings of deception, helplessness, anger and guilt. In some of them, the disease is rapidly progressing and ultimately they die. Their demanding care evokes intense feelings in health care providers, the more since these incurable patients represent a challenge, which could be condensed under the heading "the challenge of medical omnipotence". We suppose that the way health care providers cope with these circumstances has a profound influence on the way these patients are cared for. The attitudes towards the emerging heterogeneous movement of palliative and supportive care and towards its different models of implementation can be viewed from this point of view. We try to demonstrate these interrelations and to discuss the danger that may arise if they remain obscure and unreflected.
Attitude of Health Personnel, Humans, Neoplasms/psychology, Neoplasms/therapy, Palliative Care, Pastoral Care, Social Support, Terminal Care
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