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Stoma formation as a palliative procedure: the role of the clinical nurse specialist in maintaining quality of life

Stoma formation as a treatment for colorectal cancer involves bringing out a section of bowel onto the abdomen as either an ileostomy (from the ileum) or colostomy (from the colon). A bag is then worn...

The importance and meaning of prayer rituals at the end of life

A ritual is the undertaking of specific activities or behaviours that express symbolic, often culturally influenced, meaning, whereby specific thoughts and feelings are experienced individually, or as...

Palliative radiotherapy: what do nurses know?

To obtain an accurate representation of what is understood about palliative radiotherapy, a purposive sample of nurses who worked in oncology and palliative care specialist areas was selected. An...

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