How to approach patients and families at the end of life

South African Family Practice

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Title How to approach patients and families at the end of life
Creator De Swardt, Maggie Krause, Rene Jenkins, Louis S.
Subject Family medicine; palliative care; primary health care; education palliative care; end-of-life; multi-professional teams; symptoms; difficult conversation.
Description Healthcare practitioners are regularly faced with treating patients at the end of their life, and this can be very daunting. This article hopes to help the practitioner have an approach to managing end-of-life care that makes it less distressing. The symptoms at the end-of-life include delirium and/or agitation, breathing changes, skin changes, sleeping more, decrease in need for food and drink, incontinence, and increased secretions. These symptoms are discussed and practical ways of management are given. The article further discusses how to approach the difficult conversation with the family and gives guidance as to what needs to be discussed. A number of tips are discussed on how to prepare the family to handle a death at home. It is essential to look at coping mechanisms and selfcare for practitioners dealing with end-of-life care as the death of a patient not only affects the family but also the practitioner.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor N/A
Date 2024-04-24
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/safp.v66i1.5916
Source South African Family Practice; Vol 66, No 1 (2024): Part 4; 4 pages 2078-6204 2078-6190
Language eng
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Coverage Africa; South Africa; Western Cape 2024 —
Rights Copyright (c) 2024 Maggie De Swardt, Rene Krause, Louis S. Jenkins