Psychiatric aspects of terminal care

by Dr John Mitchell

 

Last reviewed: September 2014

 

How do you want to die?

 

Providing good quality terminal 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.

 

Psychiatric issues in terminal care are challenging; however, involvement in them is highly rewarding and generally a positive experience.

 

This module describes how psychiatric issues can affect terminal care, illustrating the most common psychiatric presentations in terminally ill patients and showing how to tailor management strategies to these conditions. The module also looks at prescribing issues that can crop up in treating terminally ill patients as well as the psychodynamic and psychological processes common in terminal illness care in patients and carers.

 

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Bereavement by Dr Colin Murray Parkes

 

Advance decisions in psychiatry: England and Wales by Dr Lisa Williams and Dr John Rigby

 

Essentials of Physical Health in Psychiatry (book from RCPsych Publications)

 

 

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