Palliative Care for Stroke Patients and Their Families: Barriers for Implementation

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Autorinnen und Autoren: Steigleder T, Kollmar R, Ostgathe C
Zeitschrift: Frontiers in Neurology
Jahr der Veröffentlichung: 2019
Band: 10
ISSN: 1664-2295


Stroke is a leading cause of death, disability and is a symptom burden worldwide. It impacts patients and their families in various ways, including physical, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects. As stroke is potentially lethal and causes severe symptom burden, a palliative care (PC) approach is indicated in accordance with the definition of PC published by the WHO in 2002. Stroke patients can benefit from a structured approach to palliative care needs (PCN) and the amelioration of symptom burden. Stroke outcome is uncertain and outlook may change rapidly. Regarding these challenges, core competencies of PC include the critical appraisal of various treatment options, and openly and respectfully discussing therapeutic goals with patients, families, and caregivers. Nevertheless, PC in stroke has to date mainly been restricted to short care periods for dying patients after life-limiting complications. There is currently no integrated concept for PC in stroke care addressing the appropriate moment to initiate PC for stroke patients, and the question of how to screen for symptoms remains unanswered. Therefore, PC for stroke patients is often perceived as a stopgap in cases of unfavorable prognosis and very short survival times. In contrast, PC can provide much more for stroke patients and support a holistic approach, improve quality of life and ensure treatment according to the patient's wishes and values. In this short review we identify key aspects of PC in stroke care and current barriers to implementation. Additionally, we provide insights into our approach to PC in stroke care.

FAU-Autorinnen und Autoren / FAU-Herausgeberinnen und Herausgeber

Ostgathe, Christoph Prof. Dr.
Abteilung für Palliativmedizin

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Steigleder, T., Kollmar, R., & Ostgathe, C. (2019). Palliative Care for Stroke Patients and Their Families: Barriers for Implementation. Frontiers in Neurology, 10.

Steigleder, Tobias, Rainer Kollmar, and Christoph Ostgathe. "Palliative Care for Stroke Patients and Their Families: Barriers for Implementation." Frontiers in Neurology 10 (2019).


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