Palliative Care in Survivors of Critical Illness

In a recent study, the role of palliative care in post-ICU survivors was explored. Following interviews with 29 physicians, the unanimous agreement emerged that palliative care has a significant impact for these survivors of serious illnesses. Some important targets of these treatments include pain management, adjusting care to the patient’s wishes and providing spiritual support. Despite the strong agreement on its importance, challenges such as resource shortages and time constraints were acknowledged. The study demonstrates supplementary healthcare support, education and the integration of palliative care could be beneficial to not only the patient, but also in supporting their families.  Read more…