Skip to main content

Table 1 Thematic grid

From: What "best practice" could be in Palliative Care: an analysis of statements on practice and ethics expressed by the main Health Organizations

A SYMPTOMS
A1 Pain and symptom control
A2 Control of anxiety and other psychological symptoms (not dying with fear)
A3 Being assisted by a staff in order to make the process of dying more comfortable
B RELATIONAL AND SOCIAL AREA
B1 Respect of cultural values and individual preferences
B2 Emotional support provided to the family
B3 Good communication among patient/families/close friends/caring staff
B4 Having close people nearby/family acceptance of the patient's condition/not feeling a burden for family and friends
C PREPARATION
C1 Importance given to preparation/awareness of diagnosis/awareness of dying
C2 Choice of place of dying
C3 Maintaining a sense of control (the possibility of controlling relevant aspects of one's own existence and/or deciding what and when to delegate to others); maintaining a dimension of continuity of life right to the end
D EXISTENTIAL CONDITION
D1 Being at peace with oneself/finding meaning
D2 Spiritual needs/Religious practices