Psychosocial Care and the Role of Clinical Psychologists in Palliative Care

Sheng Yu Fan, Wei Chun Lin, I. Mei Lin

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Abstract

Objectives: The aim of this study was to explore the works of clinical psychologists in palliative care in Taiwan. Methods: Clinical psychologists who were working or had experience in palliative care were recruited. A 2-stage qualitative method study was conducted, including semistructured interviews and a focus group. Results: The following 4 main themes were identified: (1) the essential nature of the psychologists’ care were caring and company; (2) the dynamic process included psychological assessment, intervention, and evaluation based on psychological knowledge; (3) they needed to modify their care using an integrative framework, by setting practical goals and using techniques with flexibility; and (4) they faced external and internal challenges in this field. Conclusion: Clinical psychologists have beneficial contributions but have to modify psychosocial care based on the patients’ needs and clinical situations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)861-868
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Volume32
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine

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