Author(s):Dr Christian Hosker and Dr Wendy Neil, with Dr John Mitchell
Mental health problems are commonly experienced by people nearing the end of their life due to the psychological reaction to the situation, the direct biological effects of their illness and the effects of their treatment.
It is important that clinicians appreciate these interrelationships and understand the opportunities for their management. In this module we will focus on psychopharmacology in end-of life care, covering:
The prevalence and aetiology of mental health problems at the end of life and their physical, psychological and social management are discussed in the module on Psychiatric aspects of end-of-life care.
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