The opportunity for psychiatry in palliative care.

Psychiatry Programs, The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, San Diego, California 92103, USA.
Canadian journal of psychiatry. Revue canadienne de psychiatrie (Impact Factor: 2.41). 12/2008; 53(11):713-24.
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ABSTRACT The need for psychiatrists to work with patients and families living with chronic life-threatening illnesses has never been greater. Further, psychiatrists may find exciting work within the relatively new field of palliative care, which is devoted to the prevention and relief of all suffering. Increasingly, individuals are living longer with multiple issues that cause suffering, interfere with their lives, and often lead to psychosocial sequelae. To ensure state-of-the-art care for patients and families throughout an illness and any ensuing bereavement period, many experienced psychiatrists are needed as consultants to, and as members of, interdisciplinary palliative care teams. This need presents limitless opportunities for psychiatrists to care for patients, provide education, and engage in research. The potential to make a difference is great.

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