Benefits of Palliative Care
For people hoping for a cure or for people whose prognosis is uncertain, palliative care is an important and valued option. The goal is to provide an opportunity for people with life-threatening illnesses to access, earlier in the disease process, the kind of care provided by hospice. People with a life-threatening illness who were still undergoing cure treatment benefit greatly from the relief of pain and discomfort.
Palliative care has been shown to:
- reduce unwanted, unnecessary and painful treatments or interventions
- increase the ability of patients' families to cope with and care for a loved one
- improve patient and family satisfaction with care
- improve the patients’ response to treatments
Additional data shows that in communities that provide greater access to palliative care programs, patients are less likely to die in the hospital. Furthermore, findings show that they experience fewer admissions to the intensive care unit in the last six months of life, have fewer intensive care admissions during terminal hospitalizations and spend less time in an intensive care unit in the last six months of life.