Palliative Care : An Approach That Improves The Quality Of Life Of Patients And Their Families

1446 Words Dec 25th, 2014 6 Pages
Now a days thousands of the people or their loved ones are suffering from illnesses which is lethal and could not be cured. Many of them must be struggling day and night to make some life and death decisions in order to relieve their pain, to release their stress, to accomplish their unfulfilled wishes, and to support their loved ones towards end of their lives. “Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness” (World Health Organization, 2014). Palliative care focuses on a person as a whole; dealing with not only the body, but also mind, heart, soul, and spirit (Adult Care, 2005). Palliative care begins when the progressive non-curable disease has been diagnosed. It helps the patient to decrease pain, manage the symptoms, assist in decision making, make appropriate goals of care, and perform interventions accordingly (Irish Hospice Foundation, 2008). It acknowledges a holistic management of physical, emotional, social, psychological, spiritual, and sexual needs of the patients through interdisciplinary team of various health care professionals (Paulus, 2008). Besides, it encompasses the fundamental ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, and non-maleficence that provide guidance towards palliative care (American College of Surgeons, 2008).
During my winter clinical, I encountered a 16 year old patient suffering from major thalassemia since one year of age. He…
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