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End of Life Care

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Kod przedmiotu: 2500-EN-F-177 Kod Erasmus / ISCED: 14.4 / (0313) Psychologia
Nazwa przedmiotu: End of Life Care
Jednostka: Wydział Psychologii
Grupy: Academic basket
Clinical Psychology basket
Elective courses
electives for 3,4 and 5 year
Punkty ECTS i inne: (brak)
zobacz reguły punktacji
Język prowadzenia: angielski
Rodzaj przedmiotu:


Skrócony opis: (tylko po angielsku)

End of life care seminar presents main issues concerning psychological

functioning of terminal patients and their relatives, using psycho-social


Pełny opis: (tylko po angielsku)

n Death is the final life event we will not escape from. During this seminar

we’ll look at the end of life issues from perspective of people who are

diagnosed with terminal illnesses (degenerative neurological diseases,

organ failures, advanced cancer, HIV/AIDS) and their families.

All topics presented during seminar concern psycho-social approach in

the end of life care in different settings – from palliative care units,

through pain management clinics to home and hospice care. We’ll apply

concept of quality of life and discuss common beliefs and scripts of dying,

role of a family and meaning-centered specific interventions for clients in

the end of life care and during bereavement.

Literatura: (tylko po angielsku)

1. Introduction to the end of life care and organization issues

Introduction of course timeline and literature, decisions on students’

presentations, introductory lecture on palliative care. Definition of

palliative care and terminal illness.

Singer, P.A., Martin, D.K., & Kelner, M. (1999). Quality End-of-Life Care:

Patients’ Perspective. JAMA, 281(2), 163-168.

2. Methods of treatment in the end of life care

Common interventions care settings (i.e. hospice care, palliative unit care,

home hospice services). Psychosocial and medical outcomes of long-term

burdening therapy and its side effects. Pain management challenges.

Clark, D. (2002). Between Hope and Acceptance: the Medicalisation of

Dying. BMJ, 324, 905-907.

Meier, D.E., &Brawley, O.W. (2011). Palliative Care and the Quality of Life.

Journal of Clinical Oncology, 29(20), 2750-2752.

3. Quality of life (QoL) in the end of life care

QoL concept and its assessment. Current evidence for relationships

between end of life care setting, stress coping strategies, personality

traits, family characteristics and patients’ QoL.

Guex, P. (1994). An introduction to psycho-oncology, 26-49. London:


Zhang, B., Nilsson, M.E., & Progerson, H.G. (2012). Factors Important to

Patients’ Quality of Life at the End of Life. Archives of Internal

Medicine, 172(15), 1133-1142.

4. Preparing to die

Attitudes towards death and dying. Most common anxieties. Dying

scripts. Euthanasia dilemmas and concept of a good death.

Guex, P. (1994). An introduction to psycho-oncology, 128-138. London:


Steinhauser, K.E., Clipp, E.C., McNeilly, M., Christakis, N.A., McIntyre,

L.M., & Tulsky, J.A. (2000). In Search of a Good Death: Observations

of Patients, Families and Providers. Annals of Internal Medicine,

132(10), 825-832.

5. Dying and grieving

Dying as a process. Patterns of family functioning in the end of life.

Dealing with grief and bereavement (stage models).

Guex, P. (1994). An introduction to psycho-oncology, 138-151. London:


Maciejewski, P.K., Zhang, B., Block, S.D., & Progerson, H.G. (2007). An

Empirical Examination of the Stage Theory of Grief. JAMA, 297(7),


6. Therapeutic programs in the end of life care

Therapy models tailored to end of life care, case examples from Kissane’s

FFGT (Family Focused Grief Therapy).

Kissane, D.W., McKenzie, M., Bloch, S., Moskowitz, C., McKenzie, D.P., &

O'Neill, I. (2006). Family focused grief therapy: A randomized,

controlled trial in palliative care and bereavement. American

Journal of Psychiatry, 163, 1208–1218.

7. Final exam - test (written, multiple choice).

8. Course summary (test debriefing, closing remarks).

Efekty uczenia się: (tylko po angielsku)

After completing this course students should be able to use main psychosocial

concepts to better understand and describe changes in

psychological functioning of dying patients and their relatives, explain

bereavement process and adaptation stages.

Metody i kryteria oceniania: (tylko po angielsku)

Obligatory attendance – max. 2 absences without excuse

(1) Exam - test (written, multiple choice) – 80% of the grade;

(2) Group presentation - 20%

(3) Extra points for class active participation (e.g. discussion participation,

critical thinking) - additional points max. 10%

Students must respect the principles of academic integrity. Cheating and

plagiarism (including copying work from other students, internet or other

sources) are serious violations that are punishable and instructors are

required to report all cases to the administration.

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