Clinical Epidemiology and Ageing

[The taboo of the impact of end of life and death on caregivers].

Damy T Soins. 2023;68(874):18-24.

The impact of the end of life and death on caregivers is not well known by institutions and by the professionals themselves. However, they are all confronted at some point with the death of one of their patients, which can lead to psychological trauma. There are, of course, associated personal and professional factors that can lead to anxiety, depression, burnout and even post-traumatic stress. The psychosocial consequences are underestimated, both for the caregiver and for the functioning of the teams, departments and hospitals (or practices), as well as for the quality of patient care. It is time to break the taboo of the impact of the end of life and death on health professionals, to bring them to work together on this issue and to encourage institutions to get involved.

MeSH terms: Anxiety; Burnout, Professional; Caregivers; Death; Humans; Quality of Life; Taboo
DOI: 10.1016/j.soin.2023.03.004