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Lead and mobilize social change for improved care at the end of life

Defined by the World Health Organization in 1990, palliative care seeks to address not only physical pain, but also an emotional, social, and spiritual pain to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients and their families. Palliative care extends the principles of hospice care to a broader population that could benefit from receiving this type of care earlier in their illness or disease process. To better serve individuals who have an advanced illness or are terminally ill and their families, many hospice programs encourage access to care earlier in the illness or disease process. Health care professionals who specialize in hospice and palliative care work closely with staff and volunteers to address all the symptoms of illness, with the aim of promoting comfort and dignity.

Source: National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever

– Mahātmā Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule, 1869-1948

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