Palliative care - Definition

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Palliative care is treatment delivered to a patient suffering from serious illness in the terminal stage. This type of care primarily aims to relieve the patient's pain and alleviate their physical and psychological suffering, as well as for their family and friends. In palliative care, death is considered a natural process and unreasonable or traumatic treatment or procedures are avoided. Palliative care does not intentionally hasten death, but rather focuses on maintaining a certain quality of life for the patient until he or she passes away. This kind of care can be available either in hospital or at home.