Palliative care is specialized medical care to alleviate pain and improve the quality of life of patients with life-threatening medical conditions. It focuses on symptoms and not on the cause or cure of the ailment. It is also referred as comfort care or symptom management and it involves psychological, emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families.
Palliative care is often referred to Cancer. Cancer is one form of terminal illness that needs palliative care. There are many other forms of illnesses that can be classified under palliative care.
The primary care giver’s perspective is very important in palliative care and the family needs counselling as the emotional strain, besides financial drain will have an impact on their health.