Role of Psychiatrists in Palliative Care
Psychiatrists are the people responsible for the assessment and the analysis of the mental status and progress of people suffering from mental diseases. In the palliative care setting, they are helpful in giving medical support to the patients. However, although this is their primary role in their career, they are as well helpful in ensuring that the patients enjoy and feel happy during their remaining part of life. Irwin & Ferris (2008), they offer the psychotherapy services to help the patients explain themselves. In doing so, the patients can find happiness and satisfaction especially when they understand that people do care about them. This ensures that there is minimal pain experienced during their departure time. In addition, they counsel the family members who might be traumatized and depressed due to the condition of their family members. A psychiatrists’ role at this particular moment is to ensure that life is easier for both the patients and their relations. Also, when the patient dies, the family is faced with a difficult time when they need the emotional support. A psychiatrist is the most appropriate to comfort them and give them the support they need.
As well, they educate people and especially the families on how to best handle the patients in their current status. In most cases, people suffering from the terminal illnesses and the mental diseases tend to be stubborn and aggressive (Trachsel et al., 2016). Therefore, it might be difficult to associate with them because of the harm they are likely to cause. However, psychiatrists tend to understand and know the best approaches to use and persuade them. Unlike others in need of the palliative care, people with mental disability need more than care and the state of their mental capacity may cause pain to those around them.
To ensure the total well-being and improve the quality of life for people suffering from terminal diseases and in their final days in the world, it is necessary to ensure general assessment and analysis of the patients. Palliative care focus on the physical, psychosocial, and the spiritual aspects of an individual’s life. Nonetheless, there is a need for mental well-being which can only be enhanced by the availability of psychiatrist (Mitchell et al., 2011). This creates a special place for the psychiatrists in the care centers just like it is the case with the nurses and doctors. Sometimes, mental issues that may be hard for other professionals to recognize and treat might be the cause and source of pain for a patient. They are responsible for ensuring that the staff remains in their right mental state while providing their care.