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Palliation and supportive care

Sam H. Ahmedzai

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Second edition

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199591763
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739149 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591763.003.0001

Series: Supportive Care Series

Palliation and supportive care

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the changing aims of medicine, from the originally simple purpose of making a diagnosis, followed by attempting a cure and if that were not possible, then trying to palliate the consequences, into broader and more humanistic objectives. The first of these modern objectives is the increasing investment into prevention and earlier detection of disease, reflecting the current view that earlier intervention with many diseases may result in a better chance of disease eradication. The discussion then covers the factors determining symptom perception and the success of palliation, care of dying patients; models of palliative care; palliative medicine as a specialty; implementing a comprehensive supportive care network; who could benefit from comprehensive supportive care; constituents of a supportive care network; the relationship between supportive care and palliative care; end of life care; and assisted dying and euthanasia.

Keywords: palliation; palliative care; patient care; dying patients; supportive care; palliative medicine

Chapter.  17098 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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