Principle of Palliative Medicine
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Nursing and Public Health
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.