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Statement on issues related to end of life - The College of Family ...

Statement on issues related to end of life - The College of Family ...

Statement on issues related to end of life - The College of Family

________________________________________________________________________ Title: Position ong>Statementong> - Issues Related to End of Life Care Category: Governance Number: Date Approved: March 2012 Date of required review: March 2015 College Contact: Palliative Care Program Committee Status: In effect The College of Family Physicians of Canada ong>Statementong> on issues related to end of life care Family physicians partner with other health care professionals and volunteers to play a significant role in providing end of life care in Canada. The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) recognizes the current Canadian legislative framework and acknowledges that discussion and debate related to palliative care and other important end-of-life care issues should and will continue to be carried out among all Canadians. The CFPC has identified the following key issues related to end of life care: Fundamental goals of medicine Among the fundamental goals of medicine are curing or controlling disease and relieving or controlling symptoms as much as possible through quality palliative care. The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined palliative care as an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with lifethreatening 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 1 : provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms; affirms life and regards dying as a normal process; intends neither to hasten or postpone death; integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care; offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death; offers a support system to help the family cope during the patients illness and in their own bereavement; uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counselling, if indicated; will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness; 1

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