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Diabetes, palliative and end-of-life care

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posted on 2017-10-04, 00:00 authored by Patricia Dunning
This chapter provides a brief overview of diabetes prevalence, the associated complications,
diabetes-related mortality and management strategies to set the context for discussing
palliative and end-of-life care. This chapter highlights: (1) The increasing global
focus on palliative and end-of life-care; (2) The relationship among health trajectories,
function and palliative and end-of-life care; (3) The imperative to plan care with the individual
to achieve personalised care that meets the individual’s goals, preferences, values
and spiritual needs across the various health trajectories; (4) The need to proactively
plan for the transition to palliative and end-of-life care when appropriate and while the
individual can make informed decisions. Proactively planning for changing care needs
is more likely to achieve care consistent with the individual’s goals, values and preferences;
(5) The key role of family carers and the effect of caring on carers’ health; (6) The
importance of having timely, meaningful conversations about palliative and end-of-life
care with people with diabetes and their families; and (7) The imperative to ameliorate
suffering, optimise quality of life and personalising care.

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Title of book

Highlights on several underestimated topics in palliative care

Chapter number

6

Pagination

109 - 126

Publisher

IntechOpen

Place of publication

London, Eng.

ISBN-13

978-953-51-3566-1

Language

eng

Publication classification

BN.1 Other book chapter, or book chapter not attributed to Deakin

Copyright notice

2017, The Author

Extent

7

Editor/Contributor(s)

M Cascella

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