Report of the National Advisory Committee on Palliative Care

nacpc imageOver thirty years ago, Prof. John Hinton voiced his criticisms of the standard of medical care offered to patients with advanced and life-threatening conditions. In the decades that followed, we have witnessed a remarkable renaissance in terms of our understanding of the needs of patients in the final stages of life. Developments in therapeutics and in our knowledge of pain and symptom management have spearheaded a quiet but very effective revolution. In parallel with developments in medical science, we have developed a much deeper understanding of the complex psychosocial and spiritual needs of patients and their families, as they seek to cope with the pain and suffering associated with progressive and inevitable loss

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