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dc.contributor.authorHudson, P.
dc.contributor.authorSchofield, P.
dc.contributor.authorKelly, B.
dc.contributor.authorHudson, R.
dc.contributor.authorStreet, A.
dc.contributor.authorO'Connor, M.
dc.contributor.authorKristjanson, Linda
dc.contributor.authorAshby, M.
dc.contributor.authorAranda, S.
dc.identifier.citationHudson, Peter L. and Schofield, Penelope and Kelly, Brian and Hudson, Rosalie and Street, Annette and O'Connor, Margaret and Kristjanson, Linda J. and Ashby, Michael and Aranda, Sanchia. 2006. Responding to desire to die statements from patients with advanced disease: Recommendations for health professionals. Palliative Medicine. 20 (7): pp. 703-710.

Responding to desire to die statements from patients with advanced disease: recommendations for health professionsals.It is not uncommon for patients with advanced incurable disease to express a desire to hasten their death. Health professionals may struggle to determine whether a 'desire to die' statement (DTDS) is about a request for hastened death, a sign of psychosocial distress, or merely a passing comment that is not intended to be heard literally as a death wish. Given the lack of guidelines to assist health professionals with this issue, we have prepared multidisciplinary recommendations for responding to DTDS, underpinned by key principles of therapeutic communication and a systematic review of empirical literature. Where the relevant literature was lacking, the recommendations were drafted by the authors (clinicians and/or academics from the following disciplines: nursing, medicine, psychiatry, psychology, sociology, aged care and theology), based on their expert opinion. Multiple drafts of the recommendations were circulated to the authors for refinement until consensus was reached. Strategies for advancing the evidence base for the maturation of guidelines in this area are offered.

dc.publisherSage Science Press (UK)
dc.subjectdesire to die
dc.subjectpalliative care
dc.titleResponding to desire to die statements from patients with advanced disease: recommendations for health professionals
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titlePalliative Medicine

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The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Palliative Medicine, Volume 20, No. 7, October 2006, by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. Copyright © 2006 by SAGE Publications

curtin.departmentWA Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care (WACCPC)
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curtin.facultySchool of Nursing and Midwifery
curtin.facultyFaculty of Health Sciences
curtin.facultyWestern Australian Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care (WACCP)

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