Lexicon of Terms related to the Integrated Palliative Approach to Care

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Like all health care practices, hospice palliative care has its own language and terminology. This lexicon of terms is designed to help those interested in implementing the integrated palliative approach to care develop a common language and understanding.

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For citation: Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, Lexicon, The Way Forward Initiative: An Integrated Palliative Approach to care, 2014.

Goals of Care

Describes people’s goals for their care and should include treatment of the disease and/or symptom management. In some cases, it includes limits on the interventions that people want, such as “do not resuscitate” orders.