A specialized area of healthcare that focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients.
Palliative care is an area of healthcare that focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients. Unlike hospice care, palliative medicine is appropriate for patients in all disease stages, including those undergoing treatment for curable illnesses and those living with chronic diseases, as well as patients who are nearing the end of life. Palliative medicine utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, relying on input from physicians, pharmacists, nurses, chaplains, social workers, psychologists, and other allied health professionals in formulating a plan of care to relieve suffering in all areas of a patient's life. This multidisciplinary approach allows the palliative care team to address physical, emotional, spiritual, and social concerns that arise with advanced illness. Medications and treatments are said to have a palliative effect if they relieve symptoms without having a curative effect on the underlying disease or cause. This can include treating nausea related to chemotherapy or something as simple as morphine to treat the pain of broken leg or ibuprofen to treat aching related to an influenza infection. Although the concept of palliative care is not new, most physicians have traditionally concentrated on trying to cure patients. Treatments for the alleviation of symptoms were viewed as hazardous and seen as inviting addiction and other unwanted side effects.
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Care alleviating symptoms without curing the underlying disease. (Stedman, 25th ed)
The numerical value of palliative care in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of palliative care in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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I often describe palliative care as an extra layer of support, who would n’t want more support, especially during a difficult illness ?
Palliative care isn't about giving up. It's about choosing how you want to live before you die, this little girl has chosen how she wants to live.
These ` nothing left to do ’ conversations often frame palliative care as a way to help people die comfortably, rather than an approach to care that allows them to live with the highest quality of life for as long as possible.
Palliative care that is systematically engaged indicates resources that have been invested in this innovation, the regions representing the least expansive growth in palliative care are regions that struggle the most in health disparities, obesity and comorbidities.
Assisted suicide is inherently dangerous to those who are expensive to care for or who lack access to proper medical care, and rather than open up that Pandora's box, we ought to be exploring how to expand hospice and palliative care to address the needs of those terminally ill.
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