Palliative care approaches in motor neurone disease

Oliver, David J. (2015) Palliative care approaches in motor neurone disease. In: Ingleton, C. and Larkin, P.J., eds. Palliative Care Nursing at a Glance. Wiley, Chichester. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1474-7766.2002.00402.x) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The palliative care of a patient with motor neurone disease (MND) starts even at the time of diagnosis, and this care throughout the disease process is crucial to management in the later stages. Palliative care is defined as: ‘The active total care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment. Control of pain, of other symptoms, and of psychological, social and spiritual problems is paramount. The goal of palliative care is achievement of the best possible quality of life for patients and their families.’ (World Health Organization 1990). As there is, at present, no cure for MND, and Riluzole, at best, only slows the progression of the disease. Therefore, the care of patients with MND is palliative and this approach will enable them, together with their families, to retain as good a quality of life as possible.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Jo Ruffels
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2016 10:01 UTC
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2016 09:07 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/55747 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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