Hospice / Palliative Care

Hospice / Palliative Care

" Palliative Care is an approach that improves the Quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem 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 for adults:

  • provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
  • affirms life and regards dying as a normal process
  • intends neither to hasten or postpone 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 in their own bereavement
  • uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counselling, if indicated;
  • will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of an illness
  • is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as Chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and includes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications"

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) definition of palliative care 2002

Palliative care for Children:

Source: The Association for Children with Life-threatening or Terminal Conditions and their Families (ACT)/ The Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health (RCPCH) 1997

Palliative care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions is an active and total approach to care, embracing physical, emotional, social and spiritual elements. It focuses on enhancements of quality of life for the child and support for the family and includes the management of distressing symptoms, provision of respite and care through death and bereavement.

This page was last modified on 19 October 2009 at 01:50

Below are links to further information on palliative care services, hospices in the UK, end stage landmarks and coping with the final stages of an aggressive Brain Tumour:


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