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PURPOSE OF REVIEW This review discusses the developments in spiritual needs assessments and measurements in end-of-life care. The review considers spiritual needs assessments from the perspective of palliative care patients, their families and caregivers, and healthcare professionals. RECENT FINDINGS Spiritual needs assessments vary significantly along(More)
Awareness of preferences regarding medical care should be a central component of the care of patients with advanced cancer. Open communication can facilitate this but can occur in an ad hoc or variable manner. Advance care planning (ACP) is a formalized process of communication between patients, relatives and professional caregivers about patients’ values(More)
Lung cancer patients report the highest distress levels of all cancer groups. In addition to poor prognosis, the self-blame and stigma associated with smoking might partially account for that distress and prevent patients from requesting help and communicating with their partners. The present study used innovative methods to investigate potential links of(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW The support of family caregivers in palliative care is critical and well recognized; yet the fact that caregivers still face significant unmet needs highlights a considerable gap in addressing this issue. Current themes on the caregiving experience in palliative care are presented. RECENT FINDINGS The recent literature suggests a shift(More)
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