Psychosocial care as defined by the national council for hospice and specialist palliative care services is care concerned with the psychological and emotional well being of the patient and their family carers including issues of self esteem insight into an adaptation to the illness and its consequences communication social functioning . Psychosocial issues in palliative care the quality of life for patients and the manner of their dying is sometimes more influenced by psy chosocial factors than by physical status fig 1 the close connection between the family the patient and the disease main topic. A number of important areas are covered including community approaches of psychosocial care neonatal palliative care the provision of psychosocial care to families the role of volunteers in supporting palliative care professionals and the needs of the frail elderly marginalised patients and those with dementia. Psychosocial issues in palliative care a community based approach for life limiting illness third edition edited by mari lloyd williams covers both psychological and social concerns as experienced by palliative care patients takes a comprehensive look at current practice and provision of support. Psychosocial issues in palliative care a community based approach for life limiting illness 3rd edition 2018 caring for terminally ill patients and their families is challenging patients with life limiting illness require the skills of many professionals but also the support of their community
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