Quality Of Life Care During Palliative Care

1814 Words8 Pages
ABSTRACT The purpose of this paper is to review ideas and strategies to transform and make improvements for quality of life care during palliative care. One of the most important aims of palliative care is to minimize suffering and discomfort. Palliative care is provided in almost all settings where health care is provided, including neonatal units, pediatric services, acute hospitals, general practices, as well as residential and nursing homes. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines palliative care as: “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and…show more content…
The majority of adults in need of palliative care have chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases (38.5%), cancer (34%), chronic respiratory diseases (10.3%), AIDS (5.7%) and diabetes (4.6%). Many other conditions may require palliative care, including kidney failure, chronic liver disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, neurological disease, dementia, congenital anomalies and drug-resistant tuberculosis (N/A, Palliative Care, 2015). A 2011 study of 234 countries, territories and areas found that palliative care services were only well integrated in 20 countries, while 42% had no palliative care services at all and a further 32% had only isolated palliative care services (Lynch T, 2013). And as the population continues to drastically increase with older adults living longer,
Open Document