What Is Palliative Care?

What Is Palliative Care? 
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The World Health Organisation has defined Palliative Care as an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness. This is achieved through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification, impeccable assessment and the treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.
Palliative CARE

• Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms.
• Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process.
• Intends neither to hasten nor postpone death.
• Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care.
• Offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death. 
• Offers a support system to help the family cope during the patient’s illness and in their own bereavement counselling if indicated. 
• Will enhance quality of life and may also positively influence the course of illness.
• Is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and includes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications. 
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