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Palliative Care

(Updated June 21st, 2017)

The World Health Organization defines palliative care as an approach that improves the threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification, impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, including the  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 or postpone death
  • Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care
  • Offers a support system to help the family cope during the patient's illness and in their own bereavement
  • Uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counseling, 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 introduced to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy and include those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications

Palliative care may be considered at any time during the course of a chronic illness. Treatments are not limited with palliative care and can range from conservative to aggressive/curative.

Webinars and Presentations

MiCMRC Educational Webinar

May 24 2017

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Webinar replay video

Presented by

Terri Voepel-Lewis, PhD RN