Dr Camilla Zimmermann highlights the need to change the stigma of palliative care.
Many people link palliative care to the end of life and hopelessness. In reality, its purpose is to help patients living with serious illnesses by reducing symptoms, side effects and psychological and spiritual distress. Dr Camilla Zimmermann and her team found that people with advanced cancer find early palliative care very helpful, but say it carries a stigma. This work highlights the need to reframe how palliative care is perceived.
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Reference: CMAJ, July 2016