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Palliative Care

Palliative Care

Last Reviewed : 12/24/2020
Palliative Care

Palliative care is a multidisciplinary approach to specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain,physical stress, and mental stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal of such therapy is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a team of physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other health professionals who work together with the primary care physician and referred specialists (or, for patients who don't have those, hospital or hospice staff) to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided as the main goal of care or along with curative treatment. Therefore, although it is an important part of end-of-life care, it is not limited to that stage. Palliative care can be provided across multiple settings including in hospitals, in the patient's home, as part of community palliative care programs, and in skilled nursing facilities.

Interdisciplinary palliative care teams work with patients and their families to clarify goals of care and provide symptom management, psycho-social, and spiritual support.

Physicians sometimes use the term palliative care in a sense meaning palliative therapies without curative intent, when no cure can be expected (as often happens in late-stagecancers). For example, tumor debulking can continue to reduce pain from mass effect even when it is no longer curative. A clearer usage is palliative, noncurative therapy when that is what is meant, because palliative care can be used along with curative or aggressive therapies.

Starting in 2006 in the United States, palliative medicine is now a board certified sub-speciality of internal medicine with specialised fellowships for physicians who are interested in the field. Palliative care utilises a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, relying on input from 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 (flu) infection.

Although the concept of palliative care is not new, most physicians have traditionally concentrated on trying to cure patients.

The focus on a person's quality of life has increased greatly since the 1990s. In the United States today, 55% of hospitals with more than 100 beds offer a palliative-care program, and nearly one-fifth of community hospitals have palliative-care programs. A relatively recent development is the palliative-care team, a dedicated health care team that is entirely geared toward palliative treatment.

We researched this topic for you and found the following best online resources. They are categorized into basic, advanced, and research level based on the extent of information you need. You will be taken to the respective websites by pressing on the links below.

 

 

Basic information:

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/advanced-cancer/care-choices/palliative-care-fact-sheet national cancer institute palliative care in cancer

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000536.htm medline plus what is palliative care?

http://www.webmd.com/palliative-care/features/what-is-palliative-care web md what is palliative care?

http://www.webmd.com/palliative-care/palliative-care-topic-overview web md what is palliative care?

http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/palliative-care/home/ovc-20200491 mayo clinic palliative care

http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/palliative-care/in-depth/palliative-care/art-20047525 mayoclinic palliative care: symptom relief during illness

http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/palliative-care.html kids health palliative care

http://umm.edu/programs/palliative-care university of maryland palliative care

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/caregiving/hospice-and-palliative-care.htm help guide hospice and palliative care

https://www.verywell.com/palliative-care-for-stroke-1132330 very well palliative care for stroke

http://www.hse.ie/eng/about/who/clinical/natclinprog/palliativecareprogramme/about_palliative_care/ health service executive about palliative care

http://www.news-medical.net/health/what-is-palliative-care.aspx news medical what is palliative care?

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/caregiving/hospice-and-palliative-care.htm help guide hospice and palliative care

 

Advanced information:

https://medlineplus.gov/palliativecare.html medline plus palliative care

http://www.caregiverslibrary.org/caregivers-resources/grp-end-of-life-issues/hsgrp-hospice/hospice-vs-palliative-care-article.aspx national care givers library the differences between hospice and palliative care.

http://www.who.int/cancer/palliative/definition/en/ who definition of palliative care

http://patient.info/in/doctor/palliative-car patient palliative care

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/palliative-care-helps-patients-kidney-disease national kidney organisation palliative care helps patients with kidney disease

http://www.clevelandclinicmeded.com/medicalpubs/diseasemanagement/hematology-oncology/palliative-medicine/ cleveland clinic palliative care

 

Research:

http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2526608 better palliative care for allimproving the lived experience with cancer by arif h. kamal, md, mba, mhs et al., jama. 2016;316(1):29-30. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.6491

 

Other helpful resources(support groups):

https://getpalliativecare.org/whatis/ get palliative care

http://www.virtualhospice.ca/en_us/main+site+navigation/home/topics/topics/what+is+palliative+care_/what+is+palliative+care_.aspx canadian virtual hospice

http://palliativecare.org.au/what-is-palliative-care/ palliative care australia

https://www.capc.org/about/palliative-care/ center to advance palliative care

http://palliumindia.org/resources/faq/ pallium india

http://www.eapcnet.eu/ european association for palliative care

http://www.palliative.org/ edmonton zone palliative care program

https://www.africanpalliativecare.org/ african palliative care association

http://www.npcrc.org/ the national palliative care research center (npcrc)

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/palliativecare/index american cancer society

http://thewhpca.org/ worldwidw hospice and palliative care alliance

http://palliativecare.in/ indian association of palliativecare

http://www.pallcarevic.asn.au/ palliative care victoria

http://hospicefoundation.ie/healthcare-programmes/palliative-care/palliative-care-for-all/ the irish hospice foundation

http://aiihpc.org/ all ireland institute of hospice and palliative care

http://www.phpci.info/ public heath palliative care international

 

Related videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldhhg76tmhc palliative care: you are a bridge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttw8pxf__g4 palliative care: what is it and who is it for?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh3tn-riv8e understanding palliative care

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2pv5ylh1b8 faces of palliative care

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6z7v8fpfhqq introduction to palliative care

 

Presentations/quiz/newspaper articles:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3864422/georgia-love-s-mother-admitted-palliative-care-aggressive-pancreatic-cancer.html daily mail georgia love's mother admitted to palliative care for 'aggressive' pancreatic cancer... just days before the bachelorette finale

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolynmcclanahan/2016/08/02/difference-between-palliative-care-and-hospice/#49e2efc9669a forbes what's the difference between palliative care and hospice?

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/09/what-it-feels-like-to-die/499319/ the atlantic what it feels like to die

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/palliative-care-is-in-need-of-a-lifeline/articleshow/31341659.cms times of india palliative care is in need of a lifeline

http://khn.org/news/most-hospital-palliative-care-programs-are-understaffed/ kaiser health news most hospital palliative care programs are understaffed

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/16/health/in-palliative-care-comfort-is-the-top-priority.html?_r=0 new york times in palliative care, comfort is the top priority

https://www.statnews.com/2016/03/28/patients-terminal-cancer-home/ stat news patients with terminal cancer live longer when cared for at home

http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/reality-tv/georgia-loves-mum-admitted-to-palliative-care-for-aggressive-cancer/news-story/e5c1f40acdaa315aab08c31246877e71 news georgia love’s mum admitted to palliative care for ‘aggressive’ cancer

https://consumer.healthday.com/senior-citizen-information-31/misc-death-and-dying-news-172/palliative-care-gets-a-bad-rap-study-finds-709995.html health day palliative care' gets a bad rap, study finds

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