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Palliative Care
Die WHO-Definition von Palliative Care aus dem Jahre 2002 ist für jedermann klar und verständlich wiedergegen und kann aus dem Originaltext entnommen werden. 

WHO’s Definition of Palliative Care
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.

Palliative care:
Provides relief from pain and other dis- tressing symptoms
Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process
Intends neither to hasten or 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 be-reavement counselling, if indicated
Will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness
Is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as che- motherapy or radiation therapy, and in- cludes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications

(2. August 2002, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management:Palliative Care: WHO’s Global Perspective)


Die Umsetzung dieser Gedanken verlangt von jedem in der Palliative Care Tätigen (Arzt, Pflegefachperson, Sozialarbeiter, Psychologe, Seelsorger ...), aber auch von der gesamten Bevölkerung ein gewaltiges Umdenken. Es müssen neue Strukturen geschaffen, alte Gewohnheiten verändert werden. Dieses Umdenken hat schon vor Jahren begonnen und wird sicher noch einige Jahre in Anspruch nehmen. Vielerorts kann man von fast idealen Bedingungen sprechen, andererorts sind noch gewisse Adaptationen angebracht.