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Compétences en soins patiatifs : que faut-il savoir faire en tant que médecin [Competencies in palliative care : what should the physicians be able to do?]
Revue Médicale Suisse
Palliative patients (patients with progressive incurable illnesses) have a number of needs, early and late in their illness trajectories. This article highlights some of the most important competencies required by physicians to address these needs. They cover a broad spectrum of domains and include pain and symptom management, communication, disclosure, prognostication, and psychological, social and spiritual needs. All physicians, generalists and specialists alike, should possess the basic competencies but should also recognize that some patients, especially those not responding to initial strategies, require timely referrals to specialized palliative care teams.
Attitude to Death, Clinical Competence, Communication, Hospice Care, Humans, Pain/prevention & control, Palliative Care/methods, Physician-Patient Relations, Prognosis, Truth Disclosure
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