A Palliative Approach to Care

What is a Palliative Approach to Care?

A palliative approach to care aims to:

  • relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying
  • address the physical, psychological, social, spiritual (existential) and practical issues of persons and their
    families, and their associated expectations, needs, hopes and fears
  • prepare persons and their families for self-determined life closure and the dying process and help them manage it.
  • help families cope with loss and grief during the illness and bereavement experience.
  • treat all active issues, prevent new issues from occurring and promote opportunities for meaningful and valuable
    experiences, personal and spiritual growth, and self-actualization

Shift your thinking to a palliative approach:

  • Adopt principles early in the course of a person’s life-limiting condition
  • Adapt strategies to meet patient and family needs
  • Embed practices into usual care in settings, not specialized in palliative care

A Palliative Approach to Care in Ontario

FAQ Sheet

HQO Quality Standards for Palliative Care: Care for Adults with a Progressive, Life-Limiting Illness

FAQ Sheet