THE CONCEPT OF PALLIATIVE CARE
Palliative care is the active care for patients with fatal incurable diseases. Thus, Hospises are set up, striving to provide the best service for patients and their families, where pain management and control of symptoms, as well as monitoring of psychological, emotional and social aspects are emphasised.
OBJECTIVES OF PALLIATIVE CARE
- provides relief from pain, shortness of breath, nausea, and other distressing symptoms;
- affirms life and regards dying as a normal process;
- intends neither to hasten nor to postpone death;
- integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care;
- offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible;
- offers a support system to help the family cope;
- uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families;
- will enhance quality of life;
- 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.