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Palliative Care in Amyotrophic Lateral SclerosisFrom diagnosis to bereavement, 2nd Edn$
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David Oliver, Gian Domenico Borasio, and Declan Walsh

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199212934

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212934.001.0001

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Psychosocial Care

Psychosocial Care

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(p.143) Chapter 5 Psychosocial Care
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Palliative Care in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
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Donal Gallagher

Barbara Monroe (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212934.003.0010

This chapter discusses psychosocial care, a collective responsibility of everyone working with those affected by ALS. Psychosocial care includes the giving of bad news, respecting and developing coping strategies, and acknowledging fears and maintaining hope. Psychosocial care is the core component of good palliative care; it plays an important role in determining how patients and families respond to the impact of the illness and aids in the coping with the experiences of loss and change as well as in expanding the sense of what is possible.

Keywords:   psychosocial care, coping strategies, maintaining hope, fears, loss, change, good palliative care

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