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2. Supportive Care

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If patients do not have adequate emotional and social support:

  • They should always be referred to a clinical psychologist
  • Nurses should not address the issue with them in case they upset or embarrass the patient
  • They will develop long-term psychological distress and are less likely to achieve disease remission
  • Nurses should provide them with information about additional support services and peer support groups which may help them

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