Palliative care needs of patients with advanced chronic organ failure

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The number of patients with chronic life threatening diseases, such as heart or kidney failure is increasing. Today’s health care does not sufficiently meet the need for care of these patients, both physically and psychologically. Patients have clear preferences for reanimation and resuscitation, but doctors rarely inquire about these preferences. Patients were dissatisfied with the quality of the communication about care with their medical specialist in the last stage of life. This research identified many needs for care in patients with advanced chronic organ failure and these needs should be attended to in the care for these patients.

Financially supported by the Astmafonds, Leusden; Proteion Thuis, Horn; CIRO+, Horn; Stichting wetenschapsbevordering verpleeghuiszorg, Utrecht; Stichting Weijerhorst, Maastricht.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Wouters, Emiel, Supervisor
  • Schols, Jos, Supervisor
  • Spruit, Martijn, Co-Supervisor
Award date22 Mar 2012
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs978 94 6159 124 1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • palliative care
  • treatment preferences
  • communication

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