A palliative approach is care focused on improving the quality of life of persons and their families.
It is provided in all health care settings.
It involves physical, psychological, social, and spiritual care.
The palliative approach is not delayed until the end stages of an illness but is applied earlier to provide active comfort-focused care and a positive approach to reducing suffering.
It also promotes understanding of loss and bereavement.
Source: iPanel, www.ipanel.ca