Palliative Care

Palliative Care is the kind of comfort care that is given to those patients who has been diagnosed with serious or life-threatening diseases (that can be terminal diagnoses as well), such as cancer or HIV.

For such type of diseases throughout the course of illness the patient needs high quality of care. However, in many conditions the patients are not necessarily suffering from classical terminal illness, but the conditions of slowly progressive and chronic disease.

For such kind of services, the care giver must possess highly developed interpersonal and communication skills. Palliative care nurse practitioners provide care for diseases that include cancer, neurological disorders, advanced heart disease, and dementia. They also encounter patients that suffer from advanced kidney, liver, and respiratory illnesses or have serious injuries.

To excel in this service, the nurses along the disease management team (includes disease diagnosis, providing the treatment and studying its pharmacology) must also possess excellent interpersonal skills so that the patient and family can be given education on their understanding of the disease. The prime function of this is to counsel and support the patients and their families emotionally.

The nurses for these kinds of patients provide services in hospitals, patients’ home, clinics, as well as at inpatient hospital facilities. They besides providing special attention and care to the patient, helps in prescribing medication too. They assess patient health condition and treat their symptoms in order to provide maximum level of wellness for patients. Besides, they also recommend exercises, diet, and therapies to patients. The care giving intention during the services is to manage symptoms of disease, patient and their family education and training, along coordinating for care.

A recent study revealed that approximately 30 percent of the palliative care patients took advantage of these skilled nursing practitioners and the death rate decrease to 9 percent leading to patient’s long life and improvement in the quality of life. It is said that patients aged above 85 or more mostly get benefit from this service that had at least a high school education.

It is also observed that majority of such patients will not live more that 5 to 7 years after diagnosis of their disease, therefore, to remain motivated and keep motivating the family members and patients is the real challenge. In additional to the moral support, the physical, spiritual and psychosocial needs of the patients are also catered by these skilled nurses in which the focus always remain to treat the pain and minimize the disease associated pain.

The concept of providing Palliative care services is rapidly growing in countries located in West, the rational for which is the increasing population of elders and the economic issues the healthcare industry facing today.


For more information on Palliative Care, feel free to contact one of our health care specialists at 1-877-227-2939.