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Palliative Care

This guide focuses on research and clinical resources for palliative care professionals and students. This will also serve as a useful resource for pain management, end-of-life issues, and thanatology.

About Palliative Care

World Health Organization (WHO) Definition of 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. 


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    Palliative care:

  • provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms;
  • affirms life and regards dying as a normal process;
  • intends neither to hasten or 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 patients illness and in bereavement;
  • uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counseling;
  • will enhance quality of life, and may 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.