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 Formulary Chapter 21: Palliative Care Formulary - Full Section

The Palliative Care Handbook

Advice on clinical management - Edited by the Wessex Palliative Physicians

Palliative care:

  • is the active total care of patients and their families, usually when their disease is no longer responsive to potentially curative treatment, although it may be applicable earlier in the illness
  • provides relief from pain and other symptoms
  • aims to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients and families
  • responds to physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs
  • extends as necessary to support in bereavement

This handbook contains guidance to help GPs, community nurses and hospital staff as well as specialist palliative care teams. It aims to provide a checklist for the management of common problems in palliative care, with some information on drug treatment. It is not a comprehensive textbook.


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