BMC Palliative Care has published this Collection on palliative care challenges and interventions in people affected by mental illnesses.
Traditionally, palliative care has focused on patients living with life-threatening somatic diseases such as cancer or progressive neurological disorders. However, in recent years there has been a growing interest in palliative care approaches in severe and persistent mental illness, accompanied by introducing the ‘palliative psychiatry’ concept. While curative psychiatry focuses on the mental disorder with the aim of (partial) remission, palliative psychiatry offers valuable means of improving the quality of life of patients with severe mental illnesses, recognizing that some psychiatric symptoms are irremediable.
In recognition of the emerging field, BMC Palliative Care has published this Collection which encouraged submissions including but not limited to those addressing:
• Palliative care interventions for people with mental illnesses
• Palliative care interventions for people who develop mental illness when/after being diagnosed with a life-threatening condition
• Benefits and risks of a palliative approach to psychiatry
• Attitudes of healthcare professionals toward palliative psychiatry
• Advance Care Planning and mental illness
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