2014"Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and treatment of other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual" [World Health Organization].
on Palliative Care
on Palliative Care
Palliative care is required from early in the disease course, can be delivered alongside potentially curative treatment, and continues to include end-of-life or terminal care.
Calling upon policy and decision makers at regional, national and international level to:
1. Recognise that the delivery of and access to high quality palliative care is a public health priority which requires a public health approach. 2. Develop or redraft national and international health care policies, such as policies on healthy ageing, long-term care and dementia, to include palliative care as an essential component. 3. Develop or redraft palliative care-specific policies to include referral criteria that allow patients and their family timely access to palliative care consistent with their level of need, regardless of diagnosis, age, prognosis, estimated life expectancy or care setting. 4. Develop or redraft policies to include mechanisms to ensure access to specialist multidisciplinary palliative care services or teams in all health care settings. 5. Promote a paradigm shift in health and social care towards basic palliative care skills for all health care professionals, to empower them to deliver patient-centred family-focused care for all people with a life-limiting illness, based on personalised or tailored care plans, with attention to all needs of the patient and his or her family. 6. Support inter-professional and multi-disciplinary collaboration as a cornerstone of high-quality care and education in palliative care. 7. Invest in curriculum development and education in palliative care across all disciplines of health and social care at undergraduate and post-graduate level, and establish palliative care as a specialty. 8. Promote public awareness through community level approaches: education of the public and training of family carers and volunteers. 9. Increase funding opportunities for national and international research in palliative care. 10. Establish continuous mechanisms to monitor and improve the quality of and access to palliative care. Launched in Brussels, October 2014