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Prescribing for palliative care 

Prescribing for palliative care
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Prescribing for palliative care
Author(s):

Sue Beckwith

and Penny Franklin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199575817.003.0114
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date: 21 September 2020

Prescribing for palliative care 400

Management of anxiety 402

Management of pain in palliative care 404

Management of further palliative care related conditions (A–Z) 406

Disposal of medicines following death 410

The Gold Standard Framework1 aims to improve palliative care delivery. Symptom management is one of the seven key tasks of the framework. Prescribing for people who require palliative care involves active total care and suppression of symptoms for those whose disease is not responsive to curative treatments. In addition to control of pain and other symptoms, it involves a holistic approach, embracing social, psychological, and spiritual dimensions. Palliation aims to relieve symptoms and offer support to the patient and their family and/or carers, thus optimizing the patient’s quality of life. Care is provided by a multidisciplinary team and may be delivered in the patient’s home, at a day hospice, or at an inpatient hospice....

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