Medical Subject Headings (MeSH): Survivors
A survivor in healthcare refers to an individual who has overcome or is living with a serious illness or injury. This term is most commonly used in the context of cancer, but it can also apply to individuals who have survived other serious illnesses or injuries.
Survivors in healthcare have unique needs and often require specialized care, which may include:
Medical follow-up care: Survivors may require ongoing medical follow-up care to monitor for recurrence of their illness or for any long-term side effects of treatment.
Physical rehabilitation: Survivors may require physical rehabilitation to regain strength and mobility, and to learn how to manage any permanent disability resulting from their illness or injury.
Psychological support: Survivors may experience a range of psychological and emotional challenges related to their illness or injury, such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. They may require counseling and other forms of psychological support.
Supportive care: Survivors may require supportive care services such as pain management, nutrition support, and wound care.
Palliative care: Some survivors may require palliative care to manage symptoms and improve quality of life.
Rehabilitation: Some survivors may require to work on physical and occupational rehabilitation to regain their strength and mobility
Long-term follow-up care: Survivors may require long-term follow-up care to monitor for recurrence of their illness or for any long-term side effects of treatment.
Support groups: Survivors may benefit from connecting with others who have experienced a similar illness or injury. Support groups can provide a sense of community and help survivors to feel less alone.
Survivors in healthcare require specialized care and support to help them manage the physical, emotional, and practical challenges of living with a serious illness or injury. By providing specialized care and support, healthcare providers can help survivors to rebuild their lives, reclaim their health and improve their overall quality of life.