Sickle Cell Disease Case Study

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Background: Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a genetic chronic illness that interrupts individual’s life due to frequent painful crises and hospitalizations. SCD is recognized as a health concern worldwide. It affects 90,000 to 100,000 Americans in the United States (CDC, 2011). Optimizing the quality of life QOL is an essential goal in palliative care (PC). PC aims to provide and maintain the highest possible QOL for patients and their families by providing supportive care, pain management and symptoms control (WHO, 2002). The currently available PC models do not provide holistic care to manage SCD symptoms and relief suffering. Since there is no cure for SCD, the proposed PC model provides an optimal comprehensive care throughout the life span

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