Palliative care is widely misunderstood by many New Zealanders. The following are examples of common myths about palliative care:
|Palliative care hastens death
|Palliative care does not hasten death. It provides comfort and the best quality of life from diagnosis of an advanced illness until end of life.
|Palliative care is only for people dying of cancer
|Palliative care can benefit patients and their families from the time of diagnosis of any illness that may shorten life.
|People in palliative care who stop eating die of starvation
|People with advanced illnesses don't experience hunger or thirst as healthy people do. People who stop eating die of their illness, not starvation.
|Pain is a part of dying
|Pain is not always a part of dying. If pain is experienced near end of life, there are many ways it can be alleviated.
|Palliative care is only provided in a hospital
|Palliative care can be provided wherever the patient lives — home, long-term care facility, hospice or hospital.
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