Definitions and Aims of Palliative Care

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This chapter contains sections titled: * Introduction * Learning outcomes * Definitions and terminology * The aims of palliative care * References
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPalliative Nursing
Subtitle of host publicationAcross the Spectrum of Care
EditorsElaine Stevens, Susan Jackson, Stuart Milligan
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781444322705
ISBN (Print)9781405169974
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009


  • The aims of 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, Uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counselling, if indicated, Will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness


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