Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know about Strokes

Cara L. Siegel, Jessica Besbris, Elyse A. Everett, Elana S. Lavi, Ambereen K. Mehta, Christopher A. Jones, Claire J. Creutzfeldt, Neha M. Kramer

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Abstract

Stroke is a common cause of long-Term disability and death, which leaves many patients with significant and unique palliative care (PC) needs. Shared decision-making for patients with stroke poses distinct challenges due to the sudden nature of stroke, the uncertainty inherent in prognostication around recovery, and the common necessity of relying on surrogates for decision-making. Patients with stroke suffer from frequently underrecognized symptoms, which PC clinicians should feel comfortable identifying and treating. This article provides 10 tips for palliative clinicians to increase their knowledge and comfort in caring for this important population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1877-1883
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of palliative medicine
Volume24
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2021

Keywords

  • advance care planning
  • palliative care
  • prognosis
  • prognostic uncertainty
  • psychosocial issues
  • stroke
  • surrogate decision-making
  • time-limited trials

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