Palliative Care Roundtable

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For those interested in developments in palliative care.

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Palliative and End-of-Life Care: What Respiratory Therapists Need to Know

This video lecture provides an overview of palliative and end-of-life care for two patient populations: patients with chronic respiratory disease and patients with acute respiratory failure and critical illness.

Defining Palliative Care

"The goal of palliative care is to prevent and relieve suffering and to support the best possible quality of life for patients and their families, regardless of the stage of the disease or the need for other therapies. Palliative care is both a philosophy of care and an organized, highly structured system for delivering care. Palliative care expands traditional disease-model medical treatments to include the goals of enhancing quality of life for patient and family, optimizing function, helping with decision making, and providing opportunities for personal growth. As such, it can be delivered concurrently with life-prolonging care or as the main focus of care" (NCP, 2004).

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National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care