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Commentary on: Currow DC, Davis W, Connolly A, et al. Sleeping related distress in a palliative care population: A national, prospective, consecutive cohort. Palliat Med 2021. doi: 10.1177/026921631998558
Implications for practice and research
Sleeping-related distress is highly prevalent in patients in both inpatient and community palliative care settings.
Good sleep can improve other symptoms that are in identified clusters, such as pain and fatigue.
Understanding a person’s sleep history and their personal objectives in any intervention should be explored within an assessment.
Sleep is essential for optimal mental and physical health.1 Poor sleep quality can have a negative impact and is associated with (among other things), a reduction in a person’s sense of well-being and quality of life.1 Patients in the palliative care stages of a progressive incurable disease’, with limited response to treatments, can often present with severe and changing symptoms during the final stage of life.2 Sleep disturbance is one such …
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