Treatment at the End of Life


By bhadmin February 2, 2021

End-of-life care has gained recognition as an important interdisciplinary clinical domain during the past three decades largely because scientific and medical advances have changed the nature of dying in the US. Advances in the treatment of life-limiting ilness have typically focused on medical issues and on treating the physical symptoms that accompany the final stage of a terminal illness. However, because the lengthening life span has made more choices available at the end of life, there is also greater need for evidence-based psychosocial treatment to diminish some of the prolonged emotional, psychological treatment to diminish some of the prolonged emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual distress that accompanies dying. Both terminally ill older adults and their caregivers can be helped by interventions that address the need for information, education, preparation, communication, emotional support, and advocacy. This paper preents a review of evidence-based psychosocial treatments at the end of life for both older adults and their caregivers.

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