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Who gives palliative care?

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Palliative care is ideally provided by specialists in the field, but any health professional can give palliative care. In most cases, palliative care is given by a doctor or team of doctors working together with a team of other health professionals, such as nurses, dietitians, social workers and psychologists.

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Palliative care has the goal of helping patients with serious and life-threatening diseases to get and feel better. Patients with diseases such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, heart or lung disease, kidney failure, dementia and terminal illnesses are the usual recipients of palliative care.

Palliative care provides relief from pain and other symptoms, and integrates psychological and spiritual aspects to patient care. Using a team approach, support, including bereavement counselling should the need arise, is given to the whole family.

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