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Mission Statement

The European Association for Palliative Care is a membership organisation dedicated to the promotion and development of palliative care throughout Europe



One voice, one vision.  A world without preventable suffering where those with life-threatening illnesses and their families have timely access to high quality palliative care as an integral part of the healthcare system.



To influence, promote and advocate for the delivery of high quality palliative care across the life span by fostering and sharing palliative care research, policy, education and evidence-based practice.

Core Values


Strive for excellence in palliative care
Value interdisciplinary working and representation
Respect diversity
Work collaboratively

Definition of palliative care (English)

Palliative care is the active, total care of the patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment. Palliative care takes a holistic approach, addressing physical, psychosocial and spitirual care, including the treatment of pain and other symptoms. 

Palliative care is interdisciplinary in its approach and encompasses the care of the patient and their family.   Palliative care should be available in any location: hospital, hospice and community. 

Palliative care affirms life and regards dying as a normal process; it neither hastens nor postpones death. It sets out to preserve the best possible quality of life until death.


Aims and objectives

  • Increase the awareness and promote the development and dissemination of palliative care at scientific, clinical and social levels
  • Promote the implementation of the enormous knowledge existing in palliative care, promote the training at universities and recognized schools, of those who, at any level, are involved with the care of the terminally ill, and promote study and research
  • Bring together those who study and practice the disciplines connected with the care patients with advanced disease , their relatives and care givers (doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, volunteers and others)
  • Address the ethical problems associated with the treatment of the terminally ill
  • Establish an international network for the exchange of information and expertise
  • Promote or sponsor publications or periodicals concerning palliative care.
  • Promote the creation and the application of laws and regulations at European, regional and national levels, as well as the availability of funding that guarantee the access to best palliative care possible to all patients who need it, within the health care and social systems
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