Recognition and management of distress is an integral part of total health care. Whereas most physical symptoms can be fairly effectively ameliorated in palliative care, existential distress poses a distinct hurdle for many clinicians. When patients or their families express anguish, despair and dread, our clinical response must draw on a range of management skills, many of which constitute the most fundamental forms of good supportive medicine. This paper aims to equip the practitioner with a clinical approach to issues of distress.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2000|