Term Palliative Care
Code LT-6650
Definition Programs that provide for the comprehensive management of the physical, psychological, social, spiritual and existential needs of patients with the objective of helping them achieve the best possible quality of life through relief of suffering, control of symptoms and restoration of functional capacity while remaining sensitive to personal, cultural and religious values, beliefs and practices. The focus of palliative care is on people with incurable, progressive illnesses who are in the early stages of their illness. Palliative care may be provided in a wide variety of health care settings including hospitals, nursing facilities, hospice facilities and the person's own home; and may be coordinated with other services including curative therapies.
Created 2/9/04
Changed 5/4/10
Use References Comfort Care
See Also References Hospice Care (LT-3000)
Hospice Care Referrals (LH-2600.3000)
External Classification Terms Ambulatory & Primary Health Care (NTE E30)
Health (CAN HC-300)
Health Care (USA HC-300)
Patient Care/Health Care Delivery (NPC E09)
Related Concepts Death and Dying
Long Term Care
Older Adults
Facet Service
Bibliographic References "Frequently Asked Questions", Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association", http://www.chpca.net/menu_items/faqs.htm

"Hospice & Palliative Care", The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization website, http://www.nhpco.org NOTE: this document is no longer available. Much of the material is included in separate sections on the website: "Hospice Information" and "Palliative Care".

“Principles of Palliative Care”, Palliative Care Resource Center, Last Acts website, http://www.lastacts.org/scripts/PCRC.exe?FNC=Documents__Ala_pcrc_UI_centerhome_ht NOTE: This document is now located here: http://www.ec-online.net/Knowledge/Articles/palliative.html

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