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"Spirituality can be an important element in the way patients face chronic illness, suffering, and loss. Physicians need to address and be attentive to all suffering of their patients—physical, emotional, and spiritual. Doing so is part of delivery of compassionate care. I think we can be better physicians and true partners in our patients' living and in their dying if we can be compassionate: if we truly listen to their hopes, their fears, and their beliefs and incorporate these beliefs into their therapeutic plans."
Christina M. Puchalski MD, MS (Source: The role of spirituality in health care 2001)
WHO Definition: Palliative care is an
approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families
facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the
prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and
impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical,
psychosocial and spiritual. Palliative care increases patient and family satisfaction,
it improves quality and it has been shown to help to extend survival. The
resulting cost savings are an unintended but welcome consequence of providing
high quality care. This approach results in higher quality, well-planned
treatment that anticipates future care needs and helps to avoid unwanted and
expensive crisis care. In Switzerland, we have more and more specialised
Palliative Care teams, which take care for patients also at their home (i.e.
(source: www.palliative.ch; www.palliativ-zug; www.capc.org)
Defining the term: TIC TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE: A framework of thinking and interventions that are directed by a thorough understanding of the profound neurological, biological, psychological, and social effects trauma has on an individual—recognizing that person’s constant interdependent needs for safety, connections, and ways to manage emotions/impulses.
(Trauma-Informed Care Resources Guide - CP)
The term of Hospice is understood as a comprehensive concept for progressive ill patients to be cared for in a home like environment or in their own homes. The goal is to relieve the suffering and to allow to die in a familiar surrounding. Also, the relatives shall be supported in their farewell and loss. In Switzerland, there are - compared to other countries i.e. USA - only a few Hospice facilities.
"There is a strong interest and emphasis on acute care
and healing curative treatment. We have fantastic access to the most expensive
and best technological possibilities for prolonging life in Switzerland. Also,
there has not been so much focus on the whole chronic care approach and living
with an illness. This is possibly because we have a fragmented health care
system: with hospitals as economic entities, long term care through nursing
homes mostly paid out of pocket and home care. Switzerland has very few
hospices. The expectation is that health problems can be managed and cured by
fantastic hospital care and there is no sole responsibility for the whole range
of health network institutions, like in a national health service."
Prof. Dr. med. Steffen Eychmüller ( Source: SWI - Swiss Info Jul 11, 2016)
Definition Hospice Care (USA):
Hospice Care programs in the USA generally are in freestanding facilities or are home-based. The professional interdisziplinary hospice-team, sometimes provides its services away from home - i.e. at the patients nursing home, or within the patients hospital (i.e. Comfort Care Hospice).
(Source: MedicinNet/Comfort Care Hospice)
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