Psychological Issues of Patient Transition from Intensive Care to Palliative Care

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End-of-life care in the intensive care unit is fraught with complicated psychological responses by patients, families, and staff. Empathic and mindful communication, inclusion of all integral staff in decision-making meetings, and multidimensional support of patients and families can ease the transition away from aggressive life-prolonging to comfort-oriented end of life care. Primary palliative care communication strategies can help clarify goals of care and facilitate transitions. Early integration of specialist palliative care is recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-556
Number of pages10
JournalCritical care nursing clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2019


  • End-of-life transitions
  • Goals of care
  • Palliative care
  • Psychological issues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care


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