Constituents of quality palliative care

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PostHarzard on 2nd November 2012, 4:41 pm

There are so many things that make for quality palliative care. Opare (2005) stated that palliative management emphasizes the use of detailed history, proper physical examination and laboratory investigations for early diagnosis. This implies that palliative care service should commence as soon as diagnosis is made to ensure quality palliative car.
African palliative care association (APCA) also in Opare 2005
Outlined the following as needed for palliative care.
 Team approach centred on patient and family.
 Patient should be recognized as guest who has choice
 Attention should be paid to details at all times
 Detailed holistic history in time and detailed physical examination for diagnosis are tools for palliative care.
 Frequent review of patients needs to be done in the place most suitable to the patient and family.
 Care and respect for each other within the team.
Supportive care, pain and other symptoms are also needed for quality palliative care.

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