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The objective of this research was to determine the effect of an individual counseling with palliative care on loss and grief in terminal lung-cancer patients. The sample consisted of 62 terminal lung-cancer patients being treated at Hatyai and Songklanakarind hospital, with a score of loss and grief at 70th percentile and above. The sample was randomly assigned to experimental group (n = 31) and control group (n=31) using simple random method. The research instruments included an individual counseling with palliative care guideline, loss and grief test with its reliability of 0.87, and a counseling development record form. Quantitative data were analyzed using percentage mean and standard deviation. The mean difference was tested using t-test and qualitative data were analyzed using content analysis.
The research findings were summarized as follows : the experiment group with counseling and palliative care showed a lower level of the conditions of loss and grief than before the treatment at 0.001 level of statistical significance, and the experimental group showed more reductions of the conditions of loss and grief than the control group with normal palliative care at 0.001 level of statistical significance.