Hiv Patients And Case Managers During End Of Life Experience

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HIV Patients and Case Managers during End of Life Experience

Jennifer R. Molestina
Albizu University
April 2015

As researchers develop more and more treatments for HIV that improve patients ' quality of living and extend their lives, it is necessary to remember the importance of pain control, symptom management, excellent communication, and psychosocial support from time of diagnosis to time of death. Case managers must remember the fact (and prepare themselves accordingly) that, despite their best efforts, patients with HIV infection will eventually die and that helping prepare them and their loved ones for that eventuality is an important part of caregiving. Ultimately, all treatments for chronic and incurable illnesses such as HIV are palliative, and the simultaneous and interwoven use of disease-modifying and palliative treatments constitutes the "best possible care."
Africa; HIV/AIDS; end-of-life; pain control; policy; palliative

In this paper we are going to try to answer what is the better way to help a patient during their end of life process. I think that providing palliative care to these patients and assigning them a case manger is the right thing to do, it shows that we have compassion among them and it allows them to “enjoy” their last days with the people they love, doing what they love with out suffering so much.

Palliative care aims to achieve the best quality of life for the patients and their…
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