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Separate terminally ill patients and their care givers for psychosocial assessments

Kate Swetenham, Service Director of Southern Adelaide Palliative Services, said patients and carers are generally careful to protect one another’s feelings, which can severely inhibit what they say when they are together. Significant long-term benefits flow from separating patients who are terminally ill and their main care giver when conducting psychosocial assessments, according to an expert in palliative care and communication dynamics. Read more

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