Almeria focus of health care pros

TAKE CARE: Almeria held the 11th Palliative Care conference.

MORE THAN 150 health professionals converged on Almeria to participate in the 11th annual Andalucia Society of Palliative Care. Opening the conference their president, Carmen Francisco, said: “The essence of good medical practice lies within this group. It is a process that needs the support of the Regional Government. 

“We are pioneers in adopting the Law of Rights of Persons in the Process of Death, known as the Death with Dignity Act. The Act recognises the right of citizens to receive hospice care from a professional who has achieved high levels of quality and excellence.”

Carmen Del Pozo, who is the Society’s head of nursing, said: “A quarter of a million people in Spain have a terminal illness, and only 30 per cent of them are receiving adequate attention.”

Palliative care is defined as relieving or soothing the symptoms of a disease or disorder. Many people mistakenly believe this means they receive palliative care only when they can’t be cured. Actually, palliative medicine can be provided by one doctor while other doctors work to cure an illness.

Palliative care is for people of any age, and at any stage in an illness, whether that illness is curable, chronic or life-threatening. In fact, palliative care may assist in the recovery from an illness by relieving symptoms such as pain, anxiety or loss of appetite, as the patient undergoes sometimes-difficult medical treatments or procedures, such as surgery or chemotherapy.

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