Characterizing death acceptance among patients with cancer

  title={Characterizing death acceptance among patients with cancer},
  author={Rebecca Philipp and Anja Mehnert and Christopher Lo and Volkmar M{\"u}ller and Martin Reck and Sigrun Vehling},
  pages={854 - 862}
Death acceptance may indicate positive adaptation in cancer patients. Little is known about what characterizes patients with different levels of death acceptance or its impact on psychological distress. We aimed to broaden the understanding of death acceptance by exploring associated demographic, medical, and psychological characteristics. 

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Psychosocial stress of dermatology inpatients and their relatives – Comparison of patients with and without cancer

  • B. BuchholdU. Wiesmann H. Hannich
  • Medicine, Psychology
    Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft = Journal of the German Society of Dermatology : JDDG
  • 2020
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