Transforming End-of-Life Care

Bok Yae Chung and Eun Hee Oh*

Transforming End-of-Life Care.

Currently, hospice care which focuses on caring for a terminally ill person delivers holistic, supportive, interdisciplinary, and patient-centered management. There have been numerous efforts to establish hospice care for people who are in the end-stage of their illness.

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.

Hospice care which is a subset of palliative care focuses on controlling pain and other symptoms of illness so patients can remain as comfortable as possible near the end of life. The meaning of hospice care throughout this study is a supportive care to people in the final phase of a terminal illness and focus on comfort and quality of life.

Hospice care for people with end-stage illnesses, which can involve complex end-of-life care in a wide variety of settings, including bio-psycho-social symptom management, care related to cultural and ethical issues, bereavement care, and after-death care. Hospice care affects the end of life experience tremendously.

However, let us consider hospice care at this time. Does hospice care really deliver the right care for people in the end stage of their lives? What level of hospice care do most hospice patients receive?

How many people can be supported with hospice care by the government for a dignified death? For how long is hospice care
required for an appropriate or good death? How much respect is there for the human rights of people in hospice care?

Palliat Med Hosp Care Open J. 2016; 2(2): 21-25. doi: 10.17140/PMHCOJ-2-114