Palliative care needs of patients with hematologic malignancies and family caregivers and challenges of palliative care provision in Asia: A review of evidence

Yupawadee Kantabanlang, Cheng-Pei Lin, Kittikorn Nilmanat, Ping Guo*

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Patients with hematologic malignancies often experience fatigue, lack of vitality, and energy, and high psychological distress. High levels of unmet care needs of patients with hematologic malignancies in Asia were identified. This review provides an overview of current evidence on the experiences and palliative care needs of patients with hematologic malignancies and their families and the barriers and challenges of integrating palliative care into hematology care in Asia. Patients with hematologic malignancies who received palliative care could benefit from less aggressive end-of-life treatments. However, the uncertain and variable nature of the prognosis and illness trajectories of hematologic malignancies increase the difficulties of integrating palliative care into hematologic care. Patients and their families are often referred to palliative care services late, which leaves a short window for palliative care teams to provide holistic needs assessment and person-centered care for those who need it. In addition, cultural differences in medical decision-making patterns and complex social norms and interactions among patients, families, and healthcare staff make it even more challenging to initiate palliative care conversations in Asia. Future research should focus on the development and evaluation of culturally appropriate palliative care for patients with hematologic malignancies and their family caregivers in Asia, given that the low rate of service intake and poor public awareness of the important role of palliative care in disease trajectories were reported. The socio-cultural context surrounding individuals should be taken into consideration to ensure the provision of person-centered care for this group of patients. Digital health could be one of the possible solutions forward to address local needs and challenges.
原文American English
期刊Seminars in Hematology
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出版狀態Published - 7月 2023

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