Clinical placements

An insight into the hidden battles of patients with invisible illnesses

When nursing student Laurie Batchelor helped care for a patient in the community with cancer, she gained a greater understanding of the experiences of those living with invisible conditions

When nursing student Laurie Batchelor helped care for a patient in the community with cancer, she gained a greater understanding of the experiences of those living with invisible conditions

During the second year of my nurse training I attended a lecture on invisible illnesses.

From cancer and heart disease to arthritis and depression, many long-term conditions are classed as invisible illnesses, affecting patients’ daily activities and quality of life.

As I listened to the lecturer, I thought about the patients I had met on clinical placements and the personal battles they may have been facing without showing symptoms.

This reminded me why it is so important that the care we provide to patients is supportive and personalised, taking into account the unique aspects of each patient or service user.

Normal and imagined pain

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