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Palliate:

To make the effects of something, such as an illness, less painful, harmful or harsh.

 

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is specialized health care focused on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients. Whatever the diagnosis, palliative care provides relief from symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness.

 

Palliative care adds an extra layer of support. It is appropriate for patients of any age and for all stages of a serious illness, whether the disease is curable or not.

 

The goals of palliative care:

• Improve the quality of life for patients and their families

• Facilitate teamwork among health care workers caring for the patient

 

How you can make a difference

You can make a difference in the lives of future patients and their family members by sharing your experiences.  You can help by answering questions: “What were the best things about the care you or your family members?" or “What would you have liked to be different in the care you received?” Your answers will provide suggestions and guidance to doctors, nurses and other specialists working with patients who have serious illness.

 

 

 

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