After finishing the internship of the Family Medicine specialty, I started workingin one of the oldest areas of the city of Lisbon, with a list composed of a significantnumber of elderly patients, where chronic, degenerative and slowly evolving diseasespredominate.At this stage, with the need of more regular, close and specialized follow-up ofthese patients, some of them in terminal phase, I felt that I could have responded better tothe needs of my patients and their families, so that they had the slightest suffering. andthe best quality and comfort in this final phase of their lives.Since my pre- and post-graduate Palliative Care training was almost non-existent,I tried to update myself in a self-taught way, which was obviously scarce. It was in thissense that I enthusiastically started this Master in Palliative Care challenge, in order toacquire new skills and improve the care provided to my patients and their families. Infact, the increasing prevalence of chronic pathology inherent to the aging of ourpopulation, demonstrates how important the philosophy of palliative care is to my dailyclinical practice.The possibility of performing this practical internship in a Masters context,allowed me to acquire practical experience in providing palliative care, both inhospitalization with more complex patients, and in patients at home. I was able to use inpractice the theoretical knowledge taught in the first year of this master's degree, andbecome more comfortable in the management of palliative patients. This report aims to demonstrate the achievement of the previously proposed objectives, explain the different activities performed, the difficulties and obstacles thatarose along this route. In short, it intends to prove the acquisition of skills in the fields ofcare, training, management and research in the area of Palliative Care.
|Date of Award||19 Mar 2021|
- Universidade Católica Portuguesa
|Supervisor||António Folgado (Supervisor)|
- Palliative care
- Symptomatic control
- Mestrado em Cuidados Paliativos