A Palliative Approach in Chronic Disease Management

Report Title: Integrating a Palliative Approach into the Management of Chronic, Life-Threatening Diseases: Who, How and When (December 2012)

Because of its focus on the whole person, more experts are advocating that a palliative approach to care could and should be integrated into care for all people with chronic, life-limiting conditions (including cancer) {Smith et al., 2012} and be available much earlier in the course of a disease to address their needs. While a growing number of people inside and outside the health care system see the benefits of expanding access to a palliative approach to all people with chronic, life-threatening illnesses, the key challenge remains "how"? How will this model change practice? Who will be responsible for providing this care? What knowledge, skills, and resources will they need? This discussion paper examines three possible modelsfor delivering integrated chronic and palliative care.

For a brief one-pager on the discussion document, click here

For the full discussion document, click here