Patterns of suffering in palliative care: A descriptive study

Beng, Tan Seng and Ting, Tan Ting and Karupiah, Malathi and Ni, Cheah Xin and Li, Hong Li and Guan, Ng Chong and Loh, Ee Chin and Lam, Chee Loong and Tan, Maw Pin (2021) Patterns of suffering in palliative care: A descriptive study. Omega-Journal of Death and Dying, 84 (2). pp. 512-524. ISSN 0030-2228, DOI

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Suffering experiences are common phenomena in palliative care. In this study, we aim to explore the different patterns of suffering in palliative care. Adult palliative care patients were recruited from the University of Malaya Medical Centre. Suffering scores were charted 3 times a day for a week. The characteristics of the suffering charts were analyzed using SPSS. The patterns of suffering were analyzed using structural pattern recognition. A total of 53 patients participated. The overall trends of suffering were downward (64%), upward (19%), and stable (17%). Median minimum and maximum suffering scores were 2/10 and 6/10, with an average of 3.6/10. Nine patterns of suffering were recognized from categorizing two key characteristics of suffering (intensity and fluctuation)-named S1 to S9. Understanding the different patterns of suffering may lead to better suffering management.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Suffering; Patterns of suffering; Palliative care; Psychosocial care; Cancer
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2022 04:54
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2022 04:54

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