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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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Marie Curie is there for everyone affected by a terminal illness, including those with cancer, dementia, heart or lung disease, and neurological conditions like motor neurone disease.
It provides flexible and responsive palliative care at short notice to patients living with a terminal illness at home and, where possible, helps to reduce the need for hospital admission.
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Toward establishment and implemenation of a Community Hospice Program over one year for those facing terminal illness including their families to ensure that their needs are met.
Medicare covered her hospice care, including medications used to treat the symptoms associated with her terminal illness.
We forget that embracing death is as natural as embracing life, particularly and poignantly when there is no more that can be done to help a terminal illness.
But FPs raised these topics more often than their counterparts when counseling patients about terminal illness or end-of-life issues, Mark Mariani reported at the annual Western regional meeting of the American Federation for Medical Research.
Under the facts of the ruling, the company intends to adopt a plan to provide personal financial counseling services to survivors of deceased employees and to survivors of eligible employees diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Specific social and psychological tasks confront any individual during a terminal illness.
Diagnosis of a terminal illness, with the insured's life expectancy severely limited.
Some of the kids were crippled, some had to be carried in, some suffered from terminal illness," Hesemann recalls.
It remains unclear whether withholding medical treatment following a suicide attempt amounts to aiding suicide and to what extent such a decision can be justified by the presence of a terminal illness, say psychiatrist Harry Karlinsky and his colleagues at Toronto General Hospital.

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