terminal illness

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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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Finally, frustrated legislators responding to employers, the elderly and the increasing percentage of uninsured, will be driven to pass legislation that treats a current ill but unintentionally causes a future terminal disease.

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