Patients' use of denial: coping with the unacceptable

Nurs Stand. 1998 Jul 15-21;12(43):44-6.

Abstract

Nurses working with terminally ill or bereaved clients and their families need to understand the defence mechanism of denial and how it helps people to cope with unacceptable physical and psychological threats.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Attitude to Death
  • Denial, Psychological*
  • Grief
  • Humans
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Terminal Care / psychology*