Don’t delay palliative cares in the dying patients.

Type of practice


The quality of care offered to the dying patients in hospital is far from being optimal, as organization and medical attitude, in the general wards, maintain therapeutic and diagnostic options typically addressed to acute diseases, disregarding the real needs of a patient. This causes an insufficient control of the key symptoms that characterize the end stage (pain, dyspnea, agitation, respiratory secretions,etc), with a negative impact on patients, care-givers and staff members themselves. The adoption of specifically conceived care-pathways improves symptom relief and dignifies the end-of -life, without accelerating death (on the contrary, prolonging life in selected patients).


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