Palliative Medicine: More Than Just Morphine (Part II of III)

Poppy and Periwinkles
by Maria Kamal
Assessment and management of patients with advanced cancer involve physical, cognitive, psychosocial and spiritual aspects. A holistic approach would ensure that the aim of care is achieved. Much of the assessment would require the physician to spend time with the patient, asking relevant open-ended and specific questions, listening to the related as well as seemingly non-relevant answers. Effective communication skills will point us towards the hints and signals that the patients give away.

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