Title

Principle of Palliative Medicine

Document Type

Journal Article

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Nursing and Public Health

RAS ID

982

Comments

This article was originally published as: Chan, V. (2001). Principle of Palliative Medicine. Hong Kong Practitioner. 23(8), 338-342. Original article available here.

Abstract

Because of limited life expectancy and extent of multiple symptoms, the approach in palliative medicine is different from family medicine although there are many similarities between the two. The main goal of management is improving the quality of the patient's life through symptom control and dealing with psychosocial, spiritual and cultural factors. An interdisiplinary domiciliary service enables the patient to stay and die at home. Discussed in the paper are the general approach, communication problems, drug management and decision making process when palliative medicine is provided by family physicians.

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