Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with terminal illness at the end of their life. It focuses on providing care that addresses the needs of the patient i.e. physical (including treatment of pain and other distressing symptoms), emotional, social, cultural and spiritual. Palliative care also aims to support and help the families and the carers manage during the illness and bereavement. The goal is to enhance the quality of life for patients, their families and carers and also positively influence the course of illness.
What palliative care services are currently available in Malaysia?
There are 2 types of services available in Malaysia currently:
Hospital-based services are available in a selection of hospitals. These hospitals have inpatient wards or liaison services where patients are admitted for acute symptoms management, respite or terminal care.
These are largely provided by NGOs, which are commonly available in cities or major towns.
Services offered includes:
Where can I learn more about palliative care?
MALAYSIAN HOSPICE COUNCIL
Guidelines and Resources
Manual of palliative care
Palliative care Fast Facts and Concepts
End of Life Care
Evidence Based Palliative Care
Prognostic Indicators and Palliative Care in Primary Care