Flashcards in Professionals & the Death of Patients Deck (11):
What is thanatophobia?
fear of death
**can lead to avoiding dying patients & their families
**doctors resistant to referring patients to palliative care--want a cure!
What did Dr. Kubler-Ross find with dying patients?
no "dying patients" in the 800 bed teaching hospitals. They were found in acute care hospitals far away.
T/F Denial is common in health care professionals when it comes to death.
What are the 5 stages of dying according to Kubler-Ross?
1. Denial ( & isolation)
**people can hop around these stages, not necessarily linear.
T/f The 5 stages of dying only applies to patients, NOT to physicians.
False. This applies to us too.
Aside from the stages of grief...what are other reactions that physicians have to patients' death?
T/F Patients can only have the 5 stages of grief with death.
False. They can experience this with any sense of loss. Loss of friend, divorce etc.
According to DSM V...what are the normal symptoms of grief?
Normal Grief: can involve symptoms of major depression
**sadness, insomnia, poor appetite, weight loss.
What are some grief symptoms that are more extreme-not a part of normal grief?
marked functional impairment
morbid preoccupation with worthlessness, hallucinations
marked psychomotor retardation
When can you classify grief as a major depressive episode?
No waiting period. Can diagnose one day after major loss & prescribe anti-depressants.