Palliative Care and Medical-spiritual Needs of Terminally Patients
; Catholic Faculty of Theology in Đakovo, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Đakovo, Croatia
Brankica Juranić ; Faculty of Medicine, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Osijek, Croatia
Štefica Mikšić orcid.org/0000-0003-1199-3768 ; Faculty of Medicine, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Osijek, Croatia
Željko Rakošec orcid.org/0000-0003-1346-6507 ; Kardinala A. Stepinca 27, Osijek, Croatia
According to the powerlessness of medicine to respond effectively to the growing number of lethal outcomes of the diseases, in recent years occurred an intense need for the establishment of palliative medicine, hospice movement and therapeutic applications of spiritual care. The purpose of these was to allow holistic relieve of physical pain and psychological suffering with the medical and spiritual care for the patients with progressive incurable diseases, to enhance the quality of remaining life and the allowance of dignified dying. To achieve that aim, this article describes the basic features, organizational forms, legal framework, the establishment and access to palliative care, while taking into account the medical and spiritual needs of terminal patients.
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