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Palliative Care
Palliative Care

Palliative Care

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. (World Health Organization, 2002)

The term “palliative care” refers to the approach used to support an individual who has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.

While focused on the prevention and relief of pain and suffering, palliative care also addresses the physical, practical, social and emotional needs of the person receiving care. It considers their values along with their preferences and goals for the care they are receiving. Support for close family members is also available, as required.

Palliative care strives to help people live the best life possible, from the time of diagnosis until their treatment has concluded—with a cure or end of life. This clear direction brings a measure of comfort to the care recipient and to their family and friends.

Palliative care is typically delivered by teams of health care providers, in hospitals, hospices and the homes of patients.

Early palliative care, administered together with treatments aimed at a cure, is enormously beneficial to people with illnesses, to their caregivers and to the overall health care system.

Read more about what palliative care is (and isn’t) on our palliative care public awareness page and in education and research.


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