Listening to the still small voice: the role of palliative care nurses in addressing psychosocial issues at end of life
Author: Larkin, Philip J.
Source: Progress in Palliative Care, Volume 18, Number 6, December 2010 , pp. 335-340(6)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:Attention to psychosocial care remains key to best palliative care practice although there would be a trend towards describing psychological rather than social needs in this domain. Expert palliative care nursing warrants a blend of both psychological and social care approaches where clinical intervention and evaluation is grounded in a deeper sense of the evolving experience of facing end of life for patient and family. In this article, the role of the nurse in meeting this psychosocial dimension of care is addressed. It is argued that the often intangible aspects of practice, such as intuition can inform decision-making and that relationship evolved over time with the patient and family enables issues of hope, suffering and loss to be tended to. Compassion as a relatively under-researched aspect of palliative care is posited as a framework in which the palliative nursing approach to psychosocial care can better articulated.
Document Type: Review Article
Affiliations: School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Systems, College of Life Sciences, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland;, Email: email@example.com
Publication date: 2010-12-01