Spot­light on pal­lia­tive care

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE DID YOU -

÷ IRE­LAND has the fastest grow­ing pal­lia­tive care needs in Europe due to in­creas­ing numbers of deaths from can­cer and neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive con­di­tions in­clud­ing de­men­tia. ÷ Pal­lia­tive care is end-of-life care which pro­vides sup­port for peo­ple who are in the last months or years of their life . ÷ Re­search from Trin­ity Col­lege in Dublin said pal­lia­tive care teams pro­vide pain and symp­tom man­age­ment guid­ance to pa­tients with se­ri­ous ill­ness. ÷ They also pro­vide care op­tions be­fore and af­ter dis­charge and help pa­tients and their fam­i­lies make the best de­ci­sions in re­la­tion to their needs. ÷ The re­search found that not only is pal­lia­tive care as­so­ci­ated with a shorter hospi­tal stay and lower costs, but that this ef­fect is great­est for those with the most com­plex health needs for whom of­ten the high­est costs are as­so­ci­ated with their care. The re­search was pub­lished in a re­cent edi­tion of JAMA In­ter­nal Medicine.

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