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Palliative Care

Erika Zimmons, DO, MS Reviewed 06/2019
 


BASICS

Palliative care is a specialty that focuses on preventing and alleviating suffering of patients (and their families) living with life-limiting illness at any stage. 

DESCRIPTION

  • The principal goa...

DIAGNOSIS

The PEACE tool evaluates (1): 
  • Physical symptoms

  • Emotive and cognitive symptoms

  • Autonomy and related issues

  • Communication: contribution to others and closure of life affairs–related issues

  • Econom...

TREATMENT

GENERAL MEASURES

  • Targeted interventions to maximize quality of life and minimize symptom burden considering patient values, goals, fears, and social setting

  • Treatment should involve an interdi...

REFERENCES

1
Okon TR, Evans JM, Gomez CF, et al. Palliative educational outcome with implementation of PEACE tool integrated clinical pathway. J Palliat Med.  2004;7(2):279–295. [View Abstract on ...

CODES

ICD10

Z51.5 Encounter for palliative care 

ICD9

V66.7 Encounter for palliative care 

SNOMED

  • 103735009 palliative care (regime/therapy)

  • 441874000 Seen by palliative care service

  • 305496007 Under care of ...

CLINICAL PEARLS

  • Early referral to palliative care helps enhance the quality of life of patients living with serious illness.

  • The addition of adjuvant treatments may be more effective than narcotics alo...

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