alexa The Importance of Palliative Care for Terminally Ill Ca
ISSN: 2165-7386

Journal of Palliative Care & Medicine
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The Importance of Palliative Care for Terminally Ill Cancer Patients and their Family Members

Gerd I. Ringdal1* and Beate André2

1Gerd Inger Ringdal, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU, No-67491 Trondheim, Norway

2Beate André, RN, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, Sør-Trøndelag University College, Trondheim, Norway, Research Centre for Health Promotion and Resources, The Sør-Trøndelag University College (HiST) and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway

*Corresponding Author:
Gerd Inger Ringdal, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychology
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
NTNU, No-67491 Trondheim, Norway
Tel: 4773591960
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Email: [email protected]

Received date: March 28, 2014; Accepted date: April 17, 2014; Published date: April 28, 2014

Citation: Ringdal GI, André B (2014) The Importance of Palliative Care for Terminally Ill Cancer Patients and their Family Members. J Palliat Care Med 4:176. doi:10.4172/2165-7386.1000176

Copyright: © 2014 Ringdal GI, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



The present paper focuses on close family members’ report of satisfaction with the care that terminally ill cancer patients and their close family members receive at the end of the patients’ life. The situation today is that the death has moved out of the home and into the institution. It seems that the more developed a country's health care system is, the fewer patients die at home.


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