Patients with ‘invisible’ illnesses
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Patients with ‘invisible’ illnesses

Laurie Batchelor Second-year nursing student, Keele University in Staffordshire

Treating a patient in the community gave one student an insight into the lives of those with unseen conditions

During the second year of my nurse training I attended a lecture on ‘invisible’ illnesses. From cancer and heart disease to arthritis and depression, many long-term conditions are classed as invisible illnesses, affecting patients’ daily activities and quality of life. As I listened to the lecturer, I thought about the patients I had met on clinical placements and the personal battles they may have been facing without showing symptoms.

Nursing Standard. 32, 27,36-36. doi: 10.7748/ns.32.27.36.s31

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