May 31, 2024

Quiz #1

Palliative care

Neukirchen, M., Metaxa, V. & Schaefer, M.S. Palliative care in intensive care. Intensive Care Med 49, 1538–1540 (2023).



EXPLANATION:  Palliative care has been defined by the World Health Organization as “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threateningillness, through prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification, impeccable assessment, and treatment of pain and other problems: physical, psychological, social and spiritual”. The specialty has developed and expanded to involve symptom control, improvement of patient and family-centered communication, ethics consultations, education, advance care planning and goals-of-care discussions with effects on patients, relatives and ICU staff and reducing the risk of post-intensive care syndrome. 

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