Palliative care psychiatry: Update on an emerging dimension of psychiatric practice topical collection on geriatric disorders

Nathan Fairman, Scott A. Irwin

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Abstract

Palliative care psychiatry is an emerging subspecialty field at the intersection of Palliative Medicine and Psychiatry. The discipline brings expertise in understanding the psychosocial dimensions of human experience to the care of dying patients and support of their families. The goals of this review are (1) to briefly define palliative care and summarize the evidence for its benefits, (2) to describe the roles for psychiatry within palliative care, (3) to review recent advances in the research and practice of palliative care psychiatry, and (4) to delineate some steps ahead as this sub-field continues to develop, in terms of research, education, and systems-based practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number374
JournalCurrent Psychiatry Reports
Volume15
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Advance illness
  • Anxiety
  • Caregivers
  • Delirium
  • Depression
  • Dignity therapy
  • Families
  • Geriatric disorders
  • Hospice
  • Palliative care
  • Palliative care psychiatry
  • Patients
  • Psychotherapy
  • Quality of life
  • Total pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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