Definitions: Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Palliative Care: Daily medical treatment of a severe intractable pain patient who has a shortened life expectancy due to the patient’s underlying, painful disease and who requires daily caregiver support to carry out activities of daily living. Palliative care may include treatment that might cure a serious illness or slow it’s progress. Patients for whom palliative care is indicated are likely to die within one year if untreated.

Treatment Goal: Provide life-long comfort and relief of suffering in the late stage of life, seek to normalize physiologic and mental function as much as possible if appropriate, and enable the patient to independently carry out activities of daily living to whatever extent is possible.

End-of-Life Care: Daily medical treatment of a severe intractable pain patient who is likely to die within 3 months ass palliative and curative treatments have failed.

Treatment Goal: Provide life-long comfort and relief of suffering in the final stage of life.

 

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