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by Dr Christian Hosker
and Dr Wendy Neil, with
Dr John Mitchell
Last updated: May 2019
How do you want to die?
quality end-of-life care is what we would want for
ourselves, our loved ones and our patients.
Good psychological care must go hand in hand
with good physical care.
Mental health issues in end-of-life care
can be complex and challenging; however, involvement in them as a
clinician is highly rewarding and generally a positive
This module describes how mental
health issues can affect end-of-life care, illustrating the
most common psychiatric presentations in terminally ill patients
and showing how to tailor management strategies to these
For information on the role of psychotropic
medications in end-of-life care, mental health-related issues
secondary to the biological effects of illnesses and their
treatments, and the principles and practice of anticipatory
prescribing and palliative sedation please see the
Quickbite module on Psychopharmacology in end-of-life care.
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