Palliative psychiatry for severe and persistent mental illness.

  title={Palliative psychiatry for severe and persistent mental illness.},
  author={Manuel Trachsel and Sharon Hope Irwin and Nikola Biller-Andorno and Paul S. Hoff and Florian Riese},
  journal={The lancet. Psychiatry},
  volume={3 3},
Despite all of psychiatry's efforts to prevent mental illness and to promote recovery, some patients will develop severe and persistent mental illness (SMI). These patients represent a particularly vulnerable population, at risk of either therapeutic neglect or overly aggressive care. We propose a complementary approach in the treatment of SMI; palliative psychiatry, as a means to improve quality of care, person-centeredness, and autonomy for SMI patients. 
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