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Palliative Care

Erika Zimmons, DO, MS Reviewed 06/2020
 


BASICS

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

DESCRIPTION

  • The principal goal of palliative ...

DIAGNOSIS

A useful tool in palliative care is the PEACE tool. This tool evaluates (1): 
  • Physical symptoms

  • Emotive and cognitive symptoms

  • Autonomy and related issues

  • Communication: contribution to others a...

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.
2
Borneman T, Ferrel...

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

  • Palliative care is a holistic approach to providing comfort to the dying patient.

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

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