Psychosocial care as defined by the national council for hospice and specialist palliative care services is care concerned with the psychological and emotional well being of the patient and their family carers including issues of self esteem insight into an adaptation to the illness and its consequences communication social functioning . Psychosocial issues in palliative and end of life care considerations for psychologists the apa office of continuing education in psychology cep offers monthly clinicians corner workshops that feature leading practitioners and scholars working in key areas of professional practice participants have the opportunity to interact with the presenter. Psychosocial issues in palliative care the quality of life for patients and the manner of their dying is sometimes more influenced by psy chosocial factors than by physical status fig 1 the close connection between the family the patient and the disease main topic. Palliative care is not just vital in controlling symptoms of the patients disease condition but also aims to extend the patients life giving it a better quality. Psychosocial aspects of palliative care paul b jacobsen phd and william breitbart md psychological issues most cancer patients develop psychological and psychiatric symptoms during the terminal phase of illness either alone or in combination with physical symptoms
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