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First Do No Self HarmUnderstanding and Promoting Physician Stress Resilience$
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Charles Figley, Peter Huggard, and Charlotte Rees

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780195383263

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383263.001.0001

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The Gifts of Palliative Care

The Gifts of Palliative Care

Sometimes Awkward, always wholesome

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(p.305) 18 The Gifts of Palliative Care
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First Do No Self Harm
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Carol Mcallum

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383263.003.0018

The challenges of physicians working in palliative care are discussed in this chapter. Palliative care practitioners have been shown to experience less burnout than physicians and oncologists. The word palliative means “to abate” or “reduce the violence of.” The term palliative care is care that eases the symptoms. The author notes that the most challenging aspect of palliative care is dealing with the flood of emotions that attend a person’s awareness of their mortality or their actual death. Managing the flood of emotions, as noted by Chynoweth and others in this book, is something that doctors are rarely trained to handle[SC2].

Keywords:   end of life care, physician anxiety, professional support, accepting death, professional collaboration

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