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Document Typology: Newspaper / Magazine article
Methodology addressed by the publication:Parents pedagogy
Title of document: Emotional issues of healthcare professionals
Name of author(s): Kaye Hooper
Name of publisher: Magazine ""MS in focus"" 2009
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
Health professionals need to be aware of these issues to achieve excellent, comprehensive care of people with lupus. Because lupus is a chronic disease of flares and remissions, each exacerbation of the disease can raise new issues of coping for the patient. This article describes concerns typically raised by people with lupus and their families. Each of these concerns is an opportunity for the nurse or other health professional to provide education and to help people explore feelings and resolve problems.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
Before a diagnosis is made, many of a patient’s primary needs are emotional. A lupus patient will, in all likelihood, be on intimate terms with her or his symptoms long before their cause is known. Realistically, she or he is the best authority on these symptoms. A patient may feel frustrated if, after describing symptoms, others do not respect her or his knowledge or do not share the conviction that something is wrong. If the doctor, family, or friends are unsupportive, the patient’s fear, anger, and sense of isolation will only increase. These feelings add stress, which in turn can exacerbate the disease.
Health professionals can help ease these feelings by showing empathy during this difficult time and by reassuring the patient that the symptoms are real and merit serious attention. In addition, treating the patient as a whole person, and not just as a subject with a disease, can be immensely valuable in establishing a trusting relationship with the patient. Such a relationship will help the patient speak freely about symptoms or concerns that she or he may have been unwilling to discuss previously.
Where to find it: Magazine ""MS in focus""

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