Infographic: Explore the full spectrum of palliative care

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Organization: Health Canada

Date published: 2024-02-08

Palliative care is important, but often misunderstood. Let's explore how it can help people with serious illness live life as fully as possible.

What is palliative care?

Palliative care focuses on improving quality of life for people living with serious illness. It can benefit people:

When people talk about palliative care, they usually mean specialist palliative care provided by a palliative care doctor, nurse, or team. But in many cases, it can be broader than that.

Palliative care can also:

This is called a palliative approach to care. It's also known as primary- or generalist-level palliative care.

Care can range from a palliative approach to care to specialist palliative care, and can change depending on a person's needs.

The truth about palliative care

Despite what some may think, palliative care:

Palliative care may be more than you think.

Discover stories from people across Canada and learn more about palliative care.

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