Last updated on: 6/9/2008 1:33:00 PM PST
What Is Palliative Care?
General Reference (not clearly pro or con)
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) stated the following in its Religion & Ethics section on Euthanasia (accessed Aug. 11, 2006):
"Palliative care is physical, emotional and spiritual care for a dying person when cure is not possible. It includes compassion and support for family and friends.
Competent palliative care may well be enough to prevent a person feeling any need to contemplate euthanasia...
The key to successful palliative care is to treat the patient as a person, not as a set of symptoms, or medical problems."
Aug. 11, 2006 - BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)
The World Health Organization (WHO) explained in its "WHO Definition of Palliative Care" section on its website (accessed Aug. 11, 2006):
"Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem 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:
Aug. 11, 2006 - World Health Organization (WHO)