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.

Quality care

The continuous striving by an interdisciplinary team/organization to meet the expectations and needs of the people and families it serves and the standards established by the organization, health authority, profession and accreditation bodies.


Quality of life

Well-being as defined by each individual. Quality of life relates both to experiences that are meaningful and valuable to the person, and his/her capacity to have such experiences.