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Abstract

In this chapter, attachment theory will be employed to understand variations in experience and behaviours of dying patients and their loved ones as they negotiate treatment within the health care system. Concepts central to palliative care including the good death, dignity, physician-assisted suicide and grief can all be better understood with the aid of attachment theory. Even more importantly, treatment interventions aimed at supporting an individual’s sense of security may be beneficial in reducing distress and facilitating growth in those facing end of life

Keywords

Palliative Care Attachment Style Attachment Theory Advanced Care Planning Attachment Figure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychosocial Oncology, Princess Margaret Cancer CentreUniversity Health Network, University of TorontoTorontoCanada

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