Palliative Care in Chronic Illness
Currently, contemporary health care systems are poorly designed to meet their palliative care needs. As a consequence, many people with chronic illnesses either fall between the gaps or receive inappropriate or ineffective care. The delivery of sub-optimal care contributes to increased health care costs and causes unnecessary suffering, especially when clinically futile treatments are administered or symptoms are poorly managed. In addition, increasing access to care provides a conundrum in withdrawing and withholding treatment. This chapter explores a range of palliative care issues for people suffering from illnesses other than cancer and provides discussion of the implications for policy, practice and research.
- Integrated, coordinated models of palliative care for non-malignant conditions
- A palliative approach
- Why there is a need for an integrated, palliative approach to chronic illness?
- Patient needs
- What are the issues related to service expansion?
- Prognosis and advanced care planning.