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Understanding the key areas of clinical decision making at the end of life

Publication year
2009
Author(s)
Simon, A.
Pages
264-5
Volume
15
Number
6

According to the World Health Organisation (2002), palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness. The prevention and relief of suffering, the treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual, are aims which determine and motivate the actions of physicians, caregivers and other professionals working in palliative care. They are the core of what could be characterized as the ethos of palliative care.

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