About Palliative Care

The World Health Organization defines palliative care as “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.”

Palliative Care:

  • Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
  • Affirms life and regards dying as part of the normal process of living
  • Neither hastens nor prolongs 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 throughout their own bereavement
  • Enhances quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness

(Source: World Health Organization 2013)