QOD 66: Role of Palliative Care (Oncology/Basic Care and Comfort)

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Question:

The family member of a patient with lung cancer has asked the nurse about palliative care for the patient. Which describes when palliative care is appropriate for a patient? Select all that apply.

Answer:

A.  When the patient has a terminal condition

C.  When the patient seeks spiritual comfort in addition to physical comfort

E.  When the patient’s family also needs support

Rationale:

Palliative care describes comfort and symptom control for patients with significant illness. A patient may or may not have a terminal condition to receive palliative care. This type of care is holistic and includes the patient’s family when providing support.

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