How Do You Define Palliative Care?

While reading this article from the Philadelphia Inquirer, AAHPM staff came across this definition:

Palliative care, which focuses on treating the symptoms of diseases either fatal or curable, has become increasingly common in U.S. hospitals.

What are you thoughts? How do YOU define palliative care?

3 thoughts on “How Do You Define Palliative Care?

  1. Palliative care is holistic in its approach. In this case it can be defined as care catering to all aspects related to end of life significant to the patient. This includes areas such as spirituality and family, along with likely pain and symptom management.

  2. My definition of “Palliative Care” is defined as, making an individuals’ end of life experience as pleasant and effortless as possible. The priority goal is to eliminate the clients’ discomfort and promote gratification.

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