What Is Palliative Care?

DR ELIZABETH CHONG


Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with terminal illness at the end of their life. It focuses on providing care that addresses the needs of the patient i.e. physical (including treatment of pain and other distressing symptoms), emotional, social, cultural and spiritual. Palliative care also aims to support and help the families and the carers manage during the illness and bereavement. The goal is to enhance the quality of life for patients, their families and carers and also positively influence the course of illness.


What palliative care services are currently available in Malaysia?

There are 2 types of services available in Malaysia currently:

Hospital-based service

Hospital-based services are available in a selection of hospitals. These hospitals have inpatient wards or liaison services where patients are admitted for acute symptoms management, respite or terminal care.

Community-based service

These are largely provided by NGOs, which are commonly available in cities or major towns.

Services offered includes:

 

Where can I learn more about palliative care?

MALAYSIAN HOSPICE COUNCIL
www.malaysianhospicecouncil.org

HOSPIS MALAYSIA
www.hospismalaysia.org

 

Guidelines and Resources

Manual of palliative care
http://hospicecare.com

Palliative care Fast Facts and Concepts
http://eprc.mcw.edu/EPERC/FastFactsandConcepts

End of Life Care
http://www.gmc-uk.org/guidance/ethical_guidance/end_of_life_care.asp

Evidence Based Palliative Care
http://www.caresearch.com.au

Prognostic Indicators and Palliative Care in Primary Care
http://www.goldstandardsframework.org.uk

Dying Matters
http://dyingmatters.org

 

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