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Diabetes is a relatively common medical condition in hospice patients. Management should be aimed at maintaining quality of life and the views of patients and families should be taken into consideration.
A randomly selected sample of 158 South Australian general practitioners (GPs) were sent a questionnaire which assessed opinions and management practices in the palliative care of terminally ill patients. A total of 117 responses (74%) were received. Most GPs were at least moderately satisfied...
The provision of inpatient respite care for patients with motor neurone disease (MND) in hospices is variable. Some institutions are concerned about accepting patients who may need long-term care. Some see 'respite' care as simply a short residential stay with little nursing or medical input...
The assessment of a patient is an integral part of clinical management. It should be conducted in a way which maximizes the likelihood of patients disclosing all their main problems, whether physical, social or psychological in nature. Unfortunately, professional carers can be uncertain of their...
The feeling that life has had no meaning is an impediment to a peaceful death. Life review enables a person to identify events that have been of worth and so enhances self-esteem. This approach has been extended and formalized by establishing a biographer service to compile oral and written...
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