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Palliative care 

Palliative care
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Palliative care
Author(s):

David Oliver

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198796039.003.0027
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date: 22 August 2019

Palliative care aims to provide holistic care for the person and their family, considering physical, psychosocial, and spiritual aspects of care. Advocacy is at the core of the care provided, in enabling people to be enabled to make decisions and be fully involved in their care. However, neurological disease may cause both communication and cognitive difficulties and care may need to be discussed and planned in advance, so that the person’s views are clear. As this chapter explores, the discussions are a challenge for all involved but are essential to enable the person and their family to be fully involved in their care.

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