Palliative Care at End of Life

Palliative Care at End of Life 150 150 Tony Guo

Palliative Care at End of Life

Palliative Care

  • Care or treatment focusing on reducing the severity of symptoms
    • Begins during curative or restorative health care
    • Extends into end-of-life care
    • Bereavement care follows death
  • Originated in the 1960s as care and emotional support for patient, family, and significant others during the terminal phases of serious life-limiting diseases
  • Need for this care is increasing
    • Demographic changes
    • Longer life expectancies
      • Improved health care technology
    • Increased health care utilization
      • Older adults living with multiple chronic illnesses
  • Improves quality of life
  • Decreases costs of health care
  • Alleviates the burden of care
  • Palliative care is indicated when a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness is made and involves
    • Inter-professional collaboration
    • Ongoing communication
    • Care in multiple settings

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