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Palliative Care

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial, and spiritual.

Palliative Care Treatment

The aim of palliative care is to provide:

  • Information for the person and their family;
  • Accurate and holistic assessment of a person’s needs;
  • Symptom control;
  • Psychological, social, spiritual, and practical support;
  • Open and sensitive communication with the person and their family.

For symptom control the aim should be to use a few medications as possible. The type of medication used is dictated by the severity or mechanism causing the symptom.

Medicinal cannabis products may be considered when first line therapies have not achieved adequate symptomatic relief.