Palliative Care

What is palliative care?

The World Health Organization defines palliative care as “The active total care of patients, controlling pain and minimizing emotional, social, and spiritual problems at a time when disease is not responsive to active treatment.” In a broader sense, it is usually taken to mean the alleviation of symptoms when the primary disease cannot be controlled. The concept is now being extended to include symptom management at earlier stages of terminal diseases.


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