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The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines palliative care as an approach to help patients with life-threatening illness and improve their quality of life. It’s not designed to postpone or hasten death but is centred on encouraging patients to live life to the fullest.

For families, a support system is also created to help cope with their loved one’s illness. This type of care makes the process easier on all involved.

Palliative care plays a huge role in providing the best care possible for people with chronic ailments. It’s not just about attending to their needs, it’s also about education around their end-of-life care options.

In this article, we discuss the primary purpose and importance of palliative care.


An holistic approach to patients with progressive illness, palliative care aims to give the best medical and emotional support possible. Its primary goals are:

To integrate the spiritual and psychological aspects of patient care, empowering patients to decide on the type of treatment and on-going care they want, and using a multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach in addressing all the patient’s needs, including their families.

These goals will help to enhance the quality of their lives and positively influence the course of an illness. It also gives more time for patients to be with their loved ones.


Most people think palliative care is all about preparing oneself before they pass, but it isn’t. Instead, it’s a form of treatment which cares for the mind, body and spirit. Whatever goals a patient sets will guide the type of care that they receive. It also helps physicians and care providers understand what their patients really need.

As for family members and loved ones, this helps them understand their condition and to talk more openly about it. This gives them a better understanding of the situation and how to make things more manageable for everyone. It’s a more holistic approach to a person with a serious ailment.

With the rise of medical conditions like pulmonary and cardiovascular disease, palliative care has become top priority in aged care. Palliative Care Australia’s (PCA) Dr Yvonne Luxford believes that proper education is the key to a successful palliative care program. In a recent media release, she mentioned that developing better care plans will give patients the care they want.

Palliative care isn’t about giving up, it’s about providing comfort. As more patients understand their options, they can spend the twilight of their lives in peace.

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