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terminal illness

Etymology: L, terminalis + ON, illr, bad
an advanced stage of a disease with an unfavorable prognosis and no known cure.

terminal illness

A term defined in UK Social Security legislation as: “a progressive disease where death as a consequence of that disease can reasonably be expected within 6 months”. Patients who are suffering from a terminal illness can claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Attendance Allowance (AA) or Incapacity Benefit (IB) under the so-called “special rules”.

terminal illness

A final, fatal illness.

Patient care

The health care professional supports the patient and family by anticipating their loss and grief and helps the patient to deal with fear, pain and suffering, hopelessness, dependency, disability, loss of self-esteem, and loss of pleasure. Hospice care is provided if desired and available. The patient receives caring comfort and help in adjusting to decreased quality of life to ensure that death occurs with dignity.

See also: illness

ter·mi·nal ill·ness

(tĕrmi-năl ilnĕs)
Advanced disease state from which there is no expectation of recovery.

Patient discussion about terminal illness

Q. I heard that HIV is no longer considered a terminal illness?!? I saw a T.V. program about it and they said it’s a “chronic disease”. What does that means?? Is it true?

A. It’s true, it’s no longer considered terminal, but believe me, don’t throw away your condoms…the medication prolongs life and give you a chance to live but they are expensive and have nasty side effects. Enough to make you consider stop using them, and then the HIV comes back like nothing happened. Protect your self. It’s MUCH cheaper and wiser..

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The Minister concluded: Marie Curie has been at the forefront of improving care for people with terminal illness.
An important advantage of hospice care is that medications used for palliation of the terminal illness are covered by the benefit.
By signing up for Walk to Remember in Cardiff and reaching the fundraising target, you'll be helping Marie Curie provide expert care, guidance and support to help people living with a terminal illness get the most from their time.
Marie Curie wants everyone involved in the healthcare of people with a terminal illness to undertake mandatory "practice-based" palliative care training as part of their professional development.
Newlife Foundation is the largest charity funder of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness in the UK.
Hosting a Blooming Great Tea Party is a fantastic way to raise money for Marie Curie too, helping us care for more people living with a terminal illness.
These funds will enable nurses like me to continue to provide free nursing care to people with a terminal illness at our Liverpool hospice, and in their own homes through our Wirral Nursing Service and STARS programme in conjunction with Crossroads.
Unbeknown to Sonia, Victor is fighting terminal illness.
When a callous play of the terminal illness card isn't even the worst of a movie's plot developments, you've got a film whose problems go well beyond out-of-control actresses.
I'll Be In The Car: One Woman's Story Of Love, Loss, And Reclaiming Life is the true story of a wife whose young husband was diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Other built-in provisions include a death benefit and waivers for home health care, nursing home and terminal illness.
Ms McManus is campaigning for the HSE to accept a doctor's letter as confirmation of a terminal illness.

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