Health promotion in palliative care
Vivien McMurray Community Macmillan Nurse Specialist, West Cornwall Primary Care Trust Hospital, Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, Cornwall
Health promotion is a discipline that, through education and support, helps people to change their lifestyle to move toward a state of optimal health. It may seem contradictory to say that health promotion has a role in palliative care, since the latter is appliedto patients facing imminent death whose health can never be truly optimal – however, this article explains how a philosophy of health promotion can be applied to benefit terminally ill patients.
Cancer Nursing Practice. 2, 9,35-39. doi: 10.7748/cnp2003.11.2.9.35.c99