A Palliative Approach to Care

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Palliative care allows patients with life-limiting illnesses to live as comfortably as possible in their final days. This overview of palliative care will address some misconceptions and provide practical tips for healthcare staff.

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Palliative care is the care approach taken for patients with life-limiting illness who have little to no prospect of cure, where the primary aim of treatment is comfort care and quality of life. This does not necessarily mean stopping medications, treatments and therapies; rather, it involves refocusing goals depending on the patient’s needs.


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nina elliott-bullen
24 Feb 2022
helpful provision of resources for those interested in pursuing palliative care
Merridee Arcus
22 Oct 2022
Registered Nurse
Good , general refresher for those working in in aged care
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Sophie Anderson
09 Jun 2020
Excellent refresher for those providing palliative care.
Karina Wilson
09 Oct 2023
Enrolled Nurse
Excellent content
Jescinta Meloury
06 May 2021
Very useful
Arlene Bennett
05 Jun 2020
This was good overview of palliative care which clearly delineates the roe of the nurse and the wishes of the patient and their families.
Holly lowcock
21 Nov 2023
Registered Nurse
Donna Murnane
24 Apr 2021
Good paper on palliative care. Informative.
Suzanne Gilbert
10 Jun 2020
Short and to the point overview of Palliative Care great refresher
Ian Buttsworth
13 Jun 2020
An excellent quick read.
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