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Vol 7, No 3 (2008)
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Published online: 2008-10-10
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Are patients with congestive heart failure entitled to receive palliative care?

Piotr Sobański
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2008;7(3):119-122.

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Vol 7, No 3 (2008)
Review articles
Published online: 2008-10-10

Abstract

When, in 1963, J.M. Hinton published his article on the suffering that accompanies dying, by no means did he confine his observation to patients who suffered from oncological conditions. Quite the contrary, as in his essay we can find an explicit statement which says that the suffering of patients dying from cardiac or renal insufficiency is even greater than for patients in the terminal stages of cancer [1]. That article sparked off the development of charitable organizations in Great Britain which took care of oncological patients. This was the reason why palliative medicine was and still is associated with people dying from cancer. It has been more than 50 years since the publication of Hilton's work and from that we have rediscovered the forgotten part of the author's message and begun to realize that patients can ask for help not because of a particular disease, but because of the suffering that accompanies his dying. Modern palliative medicine has developed based on the care of oncological patients. For this reason, and despite the fact that the aim of this article is to draw attention to non-oncological patients, we cannot avoid referring to the problems of patients with cancer.

Abstract

When, in 1963, J.M. Hinton published his article on the suffering that accompanies dying, by no means did he confine his observation to patients who suffered from oncological conditions. Quite the contrary, as in his essay we can find an explicit statement which says that the suffering of patients dying from cardiac or renal insufficiency is even greater than for patients in the terminal stages of cancer [1]. That article sparked off the development of charitable organizations in Great Britain which took care of oncological patients. This was the reason why palliative medicine was and still is associated with people dying from cancer. It has been more than 50 years since the publication of Hilton's work and from that we have rediscovered the forgotten part of the author's message and begun to realize that patients can ask for help not because of a particular disease, but because of the suffering that accompanies his dying. Modern palliative medicine has developed based on the care of oncological patients. For this reason, and despite the fact that the aim of this article is to draw attention to non-oncological patients, we cannot avoid referring to the problems of patients with cancer.
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Keywords

palliative care; heart failure; chronic disease

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Title

Are patients with congestive heart failure entitled to receive palliative care?

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 7, No 3 (2008)

Pages

119-122

Published online

2008-10-10

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2008;7(3):119-122.

Keywords

palliative care
heart failure
chronic disease

Authors

Piotr Sobański

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