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.