Palliative care

From the Latin ‘pallium’, meaning mantle, protection, palliative care is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients (adults and children) and their families who are facing problems associated with life-threatening illness. It prevents and relieves suffering through the early identification, correct assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual”.

Pain therapy and palliative care aim to help patients and their families to face the illness with greater awareness and acceptance, while also taking responsibility for communication and relational needs, and family and interpersonal dynamics.

The palliative approach does not change the outcome of the illness, but rather works on the course of the disease, making it more acceptable from a physical, psychological and spiritual point of view.

For this purpose, when possible, palliative care consists of treatments at home to keep patients within their own daily and familiar environment and thus avoid the frustration and sense of detachment and abandonment typical of the hospital stay.

Palliative care and pain management.
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