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Nursing issues
The integration of personal narratives into hospital-based palliative care can relieve patient psychosocial and existential suffering
  1. Michelle Acorn
  1. NP/Nursing, University of Toronto Lawrence S Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, Janetville, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michelle Acorn, NP/Nursing, University of Toronto Lawrence S Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, Toronto, ON M5T 1P8, Canada; drnpmichellegray{at}gmail.com

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Commentary on: Gundtof Rokiaer S, Missel M, Bergenholtz HM, et al. The use of personal narratives in hospital-based palliative care interventions: An integrative literature review. Palliat Med 2019; 1–17.

Implications for practice and research

  • Personal narrative interventions can be successfully implemented in hospital-based palliative care to ease psychosocial and existential suffering of patients.

  • An opportunity for research exists into the role and impact of personal narrative interventions more broadly in palliative care and beyond the hospital setting.

Context

Patients with life-threatening illnesses continue to primarily receive care in the hospital setting. Although palliative care is evolving, there remains an emphasis on curative care in the hospital setting1. The focus on curative care often leads patients to experience a lack of psychosocial support …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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