What is Palliative care?

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Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early detection, impeccable assessment, and threatment of pain and other problems; physical, psychosocial and spiritual.

People involved in palliative care include; Health workers, the community, family, and the patient.

Benefits of palliative care

Puts the patient’s desires, goals and decisions first

Supports the patient and family

Helps patients and families understand treatment plans

Improves quality of life

Provides pain and symptom control

Focuses on body, mind, and spirit

Reduces unnecessary hospital visits 

Source: palomarhealth.org

The principles of palliative care

Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process.

Neither hastens nor postpones death.

Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms.

Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of care.

Offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death.

Areas offered for palliative care
• Nursing homes
• Hospitals
• Home-based care
• Hospital outpatient

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