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Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-
Palliative care for children represents a special, albeit closely related field to adult palliative care. WHO’s definition of palliative care appropriate for children and their families is as follows; the principles apply to other paediatric chronic disorders (WHO; 1998a):
The goal of palliative care is to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients, their families and carers. The focus of palliative care is on increasing comfort through prevention and treatment of suffering.
Hospice is the most known kind of palliative care, which was originally developed to care for people at the end of their lives. This concept of care has expanded since then to encompass palliative care that should start at diagnosis. True palliative care should start with diagnosis, but can be provided at any time during the course of illness, along with curative therapies meant to prolong life, for example, in hospital concurrently with chemo-
This is a holistic approach to care, informed by the knowledge and practice of palliative care principles, which promotes a person’s physical, psychological and social wellbeing. It can also be provided at a person’s own home, the home of a family member, or a nursing home. The goals of care are the same regardless of where a person receives it.
The provision of palliative care should be guided by referral protocols, supported by the advice of a health care professional and most importantly be based on the person’s needs and choices. It is important that the person receive appropriate support and clinical care provided by palliative care and other resources as described above until cure or death.
Anyone who has a life-
All people who are suffering from life-
Evidence shows that palliative care is effective in improving the quality of life for people with life-
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