Palliative Care Viewed as a Stigma, Despite Improving Quality of Life

April 19, 2016

(Medical Xpress) – Palliative care is designed to improve the quality of life of patients with a serious illness and their families. The World Health Organization and all major national and international cancer societies encourage early access to palliative care. Research indicates that for people with advanced cancer, early palliative care benefits both physical and mental health and can even extend life. However, a new study found that even patients who have benefited from early palliative care feel stigmatized because they see it as being associated with the end of life.