Setting the Context: What do we mean by psychosocial care in palliative care?
This chapter examines the concept of psychosocial care in the context of palliative care. According to the 2002 revised definition of the World Health Organisation (WHO), palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness and it is considered to be part of the so-called supportive care. The British National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) defined psychosocial care as being 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, and relationships.
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