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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

“Palliative care and Advance care planning”

Presented by Dr. Hiba Uthman

Illness, death and dying are common experiences and a natural part of life. Unfortunately, these topics are rarely discussed in most Lebanese families primarily due to fear, stigma and our cultural norms. This has important implications on the care people receive when they become seriously ill. As physicians, we often find ourselves struggling to guide patients and families through the process of making difficult medical decisions towards the end of life.

Palliative care is a medical approach that attempts to maximize the quality of life and relieve suffering of patients with serious and life-threatening illness. One of the core values of palliative care is to attempt to deliver care that is in line with the values of patients and their families.

 

In this session, participants will be introduced to the concept of palliative care. We will define it and clarify misconceptions about it. We will also discuss the concept of advance care planning and our rights as citizens and patients to receive health care that meets our own individual goals. The importance of initiating these difficult discussions and end of life planning will be discussed and debated.

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