Korean J Hosp Palliat Care.  2020 Dec;23(4):167-171. 10.14475/kjhpc.2020.23.4.167.

Existential Issues and Psychosocial Interventions in Palliative Care

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Gyeongsang National University Hospital, Jinju, Korea

Abstract

The finite nature of human existence leads many to search for meaning, which comes into sharper relief for those who are imminently facing death. Therefore, universal existential concerns such as the inevitability of death, existential isolation, loss of meaning, freedom, and dignity are inherent psychological issues in palliative care. Consequently, one of the critical challenges facing palliative care is how to address these issues effectively. This paper provides an overview of common themes of existential concerns and psychotherapeutic interventions to address existential distress among patients in palliative care.

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Existentialism; Psychotherapy; Palliative care
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