Palliative care improves quality of life.
Palliative care helps to ease the symptoms of serious illnesses, providing people with cancer and those with other life-altering diseases, like multiple sclerosis (MS) or cystic fibrosis, a better quality of life, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
In the study, “Association Between Palliative Care And Patient And Caregiver Outcomes – A Systematic Review And Meta-Analysis,” researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine evaluated the impact of palliative care on life quality, disease symptoms, and patient survival, as well as on outcomes related to caregivers.
Palliative care refers to specialized medical care for people with serious and life-threatening illnesses, and aims to manage symptoms and relieve discomfort and stress, so as to improve life for both patients and caregivers. This type of healthcare can be given by specialized doctors or nurses, or by social workers or other trained specialists, who work together with the patient’s doctor to provide the best support and care. It is often associated with “end of life” care, but it can be given to anyone with a serious illness while the patient is under treatment.
Researchers reviewed 43 trials of palliative care interventions that had followed 12,731 adults (mean age 67) with life-altering illnesses, and 2,479 of their family members serving as caregivers. The team investigated the link between palliative care and three parameters: patients’ quality of life, symptom burden, and survival.
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