End of Life Journal Archives

Content tagged with Nursing assessment

Nursing assessment of anxiety and mood disturbance in a palliative patient

Sarah Combes

Anxiety can be described as a feeling of worry or apprehension about uncertain future events; it is a normal sensation that everyone experiences at times (Stevenson 2010). Feeling anxious can be beneficial as it stimulates the fight or flight response, and helps us adapt to minor stressors such as sitting... Read full article

Assessment of a Breathless Patient in End-Stage Heart Failure in A&E

Marie Ranson

Breathlessness is a common reason for the hospitalisation of people with chronic heart failure (CHF). It is a distressing symptom for both patients and their informal carers. Breathlessness in CHF derives from physical, psychological, social, spiritual and environmental factors. Optimal management of breathlessness in CHF requires both pharmacological and non-pharmacological... Read full article

Altered Sense of Body Image in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Amanda Stamper

In palliative and end-of-life care, holistic patient assessment involves considering patients’ physical, psychological, social and spiritual concerns. As part of psychological assessment, it is important to discuss with patients their perception of body image and whether it is affecting their interactions with others and their ability to live their life... Read full article

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