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Palliative Care Guide

Volume 1 - Issue 4

Loretta J Kaes*, Marjorie Risola, Lisa Williams, Mihail Davidovich, Gloria Horton, Lois Beatty, Linda Sue Patron, Kristin Mancini, Regina Moschik and Pat Alfano

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    • Director of Quality, Health Care Association of New Jersey, USA

    *Corresponding author: Loretta J Kaes, Director of Quality, Improvement and Clinical Services, Health Care Association of New Jersey, New Jersey, USA

Received: September 02, 2017;   Published: September 13, 2017

DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2017.01.000353

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Abstract

When confronting chronic and/or serious illness many individuals wish to be active participants in determining the treatment and care provided to sustain optimal quality of life. As healthcare professionals, our goal is to facilitate a conversation with the individual and/or their family or other advocates that supports that person’s life’s journey and addresses their physical, social, spiritual, and emotional needs, as well as their values and cultural traditions. Through this discussion, we assist the person in using a systematic approach to identify and coordinate a plan of care to maintain quality of life.

Abbreviations: POLST: Providers Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment

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