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Psychiatry in Palliative Care 

Psychiatry in Palliative Care
Psychiatry in Palliative Care

Kevin R. Patterson

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date: 23 October 2020

Palliative care is a symptom-based, quality-of-life approach to the management of patients with major medical illnesses. It provides an ideal space for the integration of medical and psychiatric services. While trained palliative care providers have a good degree of comfort with treating basic anxiety, depression, and delirium, there are many more complicated scenarios where psychiatric input or intervention are valuable. Additionally, there are many places where formal palliative care services do not exist and where the consult psychiatrist can provide guidance in quality-of-life care and complex medical decision-making. Rapid treatment and overlapping symptom management are important considerations for psychopharmacologic practice in palliative care.

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