Cancer Support Group

Saturday, Jul 11th

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Psychosocial Aspects and Care for Terminal Illness

Hospice offers Time
  • Time to Care
  • Time to Listen
  • Time to just be there
It also offers
  • Best symptom control
  • Nursing care
  • Counseling to patients and relatives
  • Bereavement care
  • Follow up services
Perception of pain is influenced by:
a) Physical
  • Sleep Quality
  • Performance of Daily Activities
  • Practical Needs
b) Psychological
  • Personality Variables
  • Body Image
  • Intimacy / Sexuality
c) Social
  • Interpersonal
  • Social Support
  • Marital Relationship

d) Spiritual
  • Meaning of disease
  • Fear of dying
  • Involvement with Religion
  • activities
e) Financial
  • Cost of Care
  • Lost Wages
Principles of Pain Control
  1. Complete assessment of pain
    • Physical, emotional, spiritual, interpersonal, financial
  2. Prevent pain rather than Crisis Intervention
  3. Believe patient’s pain complaint
  4. Diagnose the precise cause
    1. Follow the WHO ladder
    2. Use Adjuvant Drugs
    3. Medication – 4 hourly not PRN
    4. Use ‘Morphine’ earlier rather than later
    5. Know that Addiction has No Meaning


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