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Indian Journal of Anesthesia and Analgesia

Volume  5, Issue 12, December 2018, Pages 2116-2120

 

Review Article

Narrative Palliative Care: A Method for Building Empathy
Lalit Gupta1, Bhavna Gupta2
1Assistant Professor 2Senior Resident, Department of Anaesthesia, Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) and Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, New Delhi, Delhi 110002, India.
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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21088/ijaa.2349.8471.51218.23

Abstract

  Palliative care can be provided in acute care settings, hospice, patient’s own home, ambulatory clinics etc and aims to provide dignity, respect and humble care to the sick with objective of managing pain, understanding their needs, emotions, requiring careful understanding and observation skills. Patient’s needs are acknowledged and utmost holistic care is provided with optimistic attitude and hope. Active listening is an important skill as it enables to understand what the person is saying and to comprehend about their feelings through empathy. Patients develop self­awareness and self­confidence by externalizing their feelings, thoughts and emotions, thereby leading to decrease in their emotional discomfort and suffering. This review article describes about palliative medicine, narrative palliative medicine, empathic process and compassion in brief. 

Keywords: Palliative Medicine; Narrative Palliative Medicine; Empathic Process


Corresponding Author : Bhavna Gupta, Senior Resident, Department of Anaesthesia, Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) and Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, New Delhi, Delhi 110002, India.