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Spirituality, family medicine, geriatrics

C A Paolini et al.
Numerous, well-defined symptoms are associated with end of life when death is caused by a chronic or debilitating illness (or both) such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer's dementia, and congestive heart failure. These symptoms, if unrelieved, are distressing to both the patients and their families and preclude any possibility of relieving psychological, social, and spiritual suffering, improving quality of life, or completing life closure. Therefore, the objective of this article is to identify some common symptoms at end of life and various management strategies for each...
October 2001: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
M W Rabow, G E Hardie, J M Fair, S J McPhee
CONTEXT: Prior reviews of small numbers of medical textbooks suggest that end-of-life care is not well covered in textbooks. No broad study of end-of-life care content analysis has been performed on textbooks across a wide range of medical, pediatric, psychiatric, and surgical specialties. OBJECTIVE: To determine the quantity and rate the adequacy of information on end-of-life care in textbooks from multiple medical disciplines. DESIGN AND SOURCES: A 1998 review of 50 top-selling textbooks from multiple specialties (cardiology, emergency medicine, family and primary care medicine, geriatrics, infectious disease and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome [AIDS], internal medicine, neurology, oncology and hematology, pediatrics, psychiatry, pulmonary medicine, and surgery) for the presence and adequacy of content in 13 end-of-life care domains...
February 9, 2000: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
R Harris, S Harris
Use of the oral history technique in clinical medicine supplies significant additional psycho-social and other data that supplement the regular medical history and illuminate the psychological, social, and spiritual background of healthy or ailing aging patients. This information enables the physician to become better acquainted with the effects of the major crises of living on his patients and to use this information and insight to help the patient and his family to understand themselves better and to cope more successfully with the problems of living, aging, and illness...
1980: International Journal of Aging & Human Development
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