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Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients facing life-threatening or life-limiting illness and their families/carers. It prevents and relieves suffering of the patients through early identification, assessment and treatment of pain and other physical, psychosocial or spiritual problems1. A team approach is used in palliative care to support the patients to live as actively as possible until the last moment, and support their families / carers during the process as well as in bereavement.
紓緩治療概覽
紓緩治療是用以協助患有疾病持續惡化不能逆轉,而令生命受限的病人和其家人/照顧者的治療方法,以改善其生活質素。 這類會持續惡化,不能逆轉的疾病通常是癌症,或其他慢性疾病如腎衰竭、慢性呼吸道、心血管及腦神經科疾病等。根據世界衞生組織所述,紓緩治療透過及早識別、評估,及處理疼痛病徵和其他身體上、心理社交上或靈性上的問題,預防及減輕病人(包括成人或兒童)的痛苦,改善其生活質素。
專題
預設照顧計劃/預設醫療指示/不作心肺復甦術
醫院管理局服務
紓緩治療是為患有疾病持續惡化,而令生命受限的病人提供的全人治療服務,不但照顧病人,和家屬的身體、心理、社交和靈性的需要,也幫助病人在生命最後階段裡活得安祥和豐盛,平靜寛懷地走完人生旅途,同時亦為家屬提供情緒支持和哀傷輔導。服務團隊會按照病人的情況及需要,提供合適的紓緩治療服務。