Some difficult decisions in ALS/MND

Oliver, David J. and Turner, Martin (2010) Some difficult decisions in ALS/MND. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration, 11 (4). pp. 339-343. ISSN 2167-8421. (doi:https://doi.org/10.3109/17482968.2010.487532) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The physical and emotional damage caused by ALS creates ripples that reach a wide group of individuals beyond the patient. Decisions about care and end of life are never straightforward; solutions are always bespoke and must involve the wider multidisciplinary team. There is a need for awareness of how these discussions will be affected by personal attitudes, experience, culture and issues in our own professional and personal lives. The aim should be to respond to patient and family and be honest, sensitive, empathic, understandable and direct, with a constant balance of hope with realism. Finally, as professionals we have our own need for support and to be aware of our own feelings to prevent the very real threat of compassion fatigue (20). A strong multidisciplinary team is greater than the sum of its parts, and can provide robust internal support to its members, using their pooled expertise to serve patients and their families more effectively as a result.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Motor neurone disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, decision making
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: David Oliver
Date Deposited: 17 May 2018 10:48 UTC
Last Modified: 23 May 2018 12:12 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/67073 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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