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What is palliative care?

Palliative care is an approach to controlling symptoms and supporting people at the end of life. Watch Professor Sheila Payne explain more.

In this video, Professor Sheila Payne explains what ‘palliative care’ is and how it can be used to help people in the final stages of their lives.

After you watch the video: Compare what you previously thought about palliative care to what you just heard from Professor Payne. What did you learn about palliative care that surprised you? Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

Additional resources:

The graph in the video comes from the paper Palliative care for respiratory disease: An education model of care by Bowman and Meier (2017). We have adapted and animated the graph for the purposes of this video.

The world map comes from the publication Mapping Levels of Palliative Care Development in 198 Countries: The Situation in 2017 (Clark et al, 2020).

We have also referred to two publications by the World Health Organisation: Assessing the development of palliative care worldwide: a set of actionable indicators and Quality health services and palliative care: practical approaches and resources to support policy, strategy and practice, both published 2021.

You may also be interested in looking at the European Association for Palliative Care revised recommendations on norms and standards for palliative care in Europe, published in 2022.

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