Chapter 2. Definitions and Aims of Palliative Care

  1. Elaine Stevens programme leader Chair1,
  2. Susan Jackson lecturer programme leader Chair Nurse Specialist2 and
  3. Stuart Milligan PhD nurse Lecturer3
  1. Elaine Stevens programme leader Chair

Published Online: 14 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444322705.ch2

Palliative Nursing: Across the Spectrum of Care

Palliative Nursing: Across the Spectrum of Care

How to Cite

Stevens, E. (2009) Definitions and Aims of Palliative Care, in Palliative Nursing: Across the Spectrum of Care (eds E. Stevens, S. Jackson and S. Milligan), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444322705.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 1

    The Ayrshire Hospice and The University of The West of Scotland, UK

  2. 2

    School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery of the University of West of Scotland, UK

  3. 3

    University of the West of Scotland, UK

Author Information

  1. The Ayrshire Hospice and The University of The West of Scotland, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169974

Online ISBN: 9781444322705

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Keywords:

  • The aims of palliative care;
  • Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms;
  • Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process;
  • Intends neither to hasten nor postpone death;
  • Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care;
  • Offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death;
  • Offers a support system to help the family cope during the patient's illness and in their own bereavement;
  • Uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counselling, if indicated;
  • Will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Learning outcomes

  • Definitions and terminology

  • The aims of palliative care

  • References