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Palliative Care for Non-cancer Patients$
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Julia Addington-Hall and Irene Higginson

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780192629609

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629609.001.0001

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Patients' perspectives

Patients' perspectives

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(p.198) Chapter 16 Patients' perspectives
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Palliative Care for Non-cancer Patients
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Cynthia Benz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629609.003.0017

To the non-user, palliative care is something done for the needy, on offer to those being eased towards and into death. Generally palliative care comes into its own once investigations and treatments have reached an end, and that end is presumed final. This chapter presents a patient's perspective on palliative care. It seeks to explore the palliative care we wish for as we undergo our journey. Good palliative care never negates that strong desire we have to be ourselves and for continuity.

Keywords:   patient care, end of life care, patients, dying

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