Palliative Care

Palliative care is delivered by a multidisciplinary team and involves the use of all appropriate palliative interventions, which may include disease modifying therapies such as surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy etc. Individual and frequent assessments must be the basis of appropriate treatment choices.

 

A more recent WHO definition (2003) of palliative care put more emphasis on the prevention of suffering:

 

“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 identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.”