The world of palliative care research

What is palliative care?

According to the World Health Organization, palliative care “is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual“.

What does that mean?

It means that when a life comes to an end because of disease, it should happen peacefully, without suffering from pain or other symptoms. This is the aim of palliative care research.

Who are the PRC?

The European Palliative Care Research Centre was founded in 2009, as a centre that will co-ordinate palliative care research mainly within cancer. The administrative office is situated at NTNU in Trondheim, but the centre operates all over Europe, presently with 13 collaborating centers. This collaboration enables us to perform large research projects, multinational educational training and eventually a better clinical practice within palliative care – something that in time will benefit patients all over Europe and the world.

Posted by Ragnhild Green Helgås

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