Supporting self-management in palliative care throughout the cancer care trajectory

Dena Schulman-Greena, Abraham Brody, Stephanie Gilbertson-White, Robin Whittemore, Ruth McCorkle

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Purpose of review Despite increased survivorship and the subsequent need for chronic management of cancer, the association of self-management and palliative care is still emerging within cancer care. Routine and timely use of selfmanagement strategies in the palliative setting can help reduce self-management burden and maximize quality of life. In this review, we consider the complementary relationship of self-management and palliative care and how they support living with cancer as a chronic illness. Recent findings Recent studies provide evidence of support among patients, family caregivers and healthcare professionals for integration of self-management interventions into palliative cancer care. As a guiding framework, components of the revised Self and Family Management Framework correspond to the provision of palliative care across the care trajectory, including the phases of curative care, palliative care, end-of-life care and bereavement. Additional work among self-management partners facing cancer and other lifelimiting illnesses, that is patients, family caregivers and healthcare professionals, would be useful in developing interventions that incorporate self-management and palliative care to improve health outcomes. Summary There is an increasing acceptance of the complementarity of self-management and palliative care in cancer care. Their integration can support patients with cancer and their family caregivers across the care trajectory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-307
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018


  • cancer
  • chronic illness
  • framework
  • palliative
  • self-management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Oncology(nursing)
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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