Nursing and Palliative Care

Jane L Phillips, Claudia Virdun, Priyanka Bhattarai, Claire Fraser

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Nursing is integral to meeting the growing demand for palliative care which is being driven by population aging and the increasing burden of chronic, noncommunicable disease. Palliative nursing and nursing in general share many of the same principles and practices. Both are committed to addressing the holistic domains of health (physical, psychological, emotional, cultural, social, practical, spiritual, and informational aspects of a person’s health and well-being) (Fitch, Hosp Q 3(4):39–46, 1999). This chapter provides an overview of the role of nursing in the context of contemporary interdisciplinary specialist and primary palliative care, key constructs underpinning palliative nursing, the core competencies of specialist and primary palliative care nursing, and how these competencies can be applied to provide best evidence-based person-centered palliative care, regardless of the care setting.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTextbook of Palliative Care
EditorsRoderick Duncan MacLeod, Lieve Van den Block
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783319777405
ISBN (Print)9783319777382
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Palliative treatment
  • Nursing
  • Palliative nursing
  • Holistic medicine
  • Person-centred care
  • Primary care
  • Specialist nurse training


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