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Palliative Care

  • David Hui
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Abstract

DEFINITION—according to the World Health Organization, 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 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.”

Keywords

Palliative Care Neuropathic Pain Palliative Sedation Fentanyl Patch Palliative Setting 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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