Termonally Ill Patients Concept Analysis

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Terminally Ill Patients' and End of Life Care: A Multidisciplinary Concept Analysis
Jennifer Thompson
UTA
Analysis of Theories in Nursing
Nurs 5327
Ronda Mintz-Binder, RN, MSN, DNP
April 19, 2014

Terminally Ill Patients' and End of Life Care: A Multidisciplinary Concept Analysis
With an aging population in our country we are facing an increasing number of patients’ that are coming to the end of their lives and are presenting with terminal illness. As life expectancy increases we are seeing more and more patent that are 65 year old and older in need of end of life care. Research and medical developments have provided a vast array of treatment options available to our patients’. After patients’ have exhausted all available treatment
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The patient was relieved that she was not going to have to depend on her family for care and felt like the burden had be relieved from them. She was unable to make this decision on her own and was willing to let her family help her with the resolution. Buck (2013) discusses the need for educating our patients that are receiving palliative care. The Joint Commission has developed an acronym to get key information needed during palliative care. The acronym “Speak Up” encourages patients and families to: * Speak up and ask questions. * Pay attention to treatments, medications, and care. * Educate yourself on your disease process, medications, and care. * Ask someone to advocate for you when you need help and cannot yourself. * Know your medications and reason for them. * Use only TJC accredited organizations. * Participate in your care and treatment.
It is important to educate patients and families about their terminal illness and end of life care. Knowledge of what to expect can decrease anxiety related to the patients expected decline and empower the patient and family to direct care to meet their needs. Knowledge also brings about understanding and acceptance of the death and dying process. Alleviating anxiety allows for a higher quality of life for the patient and higher satisfaction of care provided. Kedziera (2001) discusses pain management in elderly patients. In this article she urges clinicians to

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