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Acta Paulista de Enfermagem

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SILVA, Ednamare Pereira da  and  SUDIGURSKY, Dora. Conceptions about palliative care: literature reviewConcepciones sobre cuidados paliativos: revisión bibliográfica. Acta paul. enferm. [online]. 2008, vol.21, n.3, pp.504-508. ISSN 0103-2100.

This literature review study aimed to identify the conceptions of palliative care mentioned in Brazilian journals. The databases LILACS, SciELO and BDENF were used. In total, 47 articles were selected, published from 2000 to 2006. The conceptions found refer to the concept of palliative care, understood as integral care for individuals in terminal conditions, emphasizing the physical, psychosocial and spiritual aspects of the individual and the family; quality of life; care based on a humanistic approach and valuation of life; pain and symptom control; ethical issues about life and death; multidisciplinary approach; dying as a natural process; the priority of care over cure; communication, spirituality and mourning support. These conceptions are considered highly important in palliative care; however, there is a lack of services and centers to deliver these types of care.

Keywords : Hospice care; Terminally ill; Terminal care.

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