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Table 3 Aims of palliative care

From: Palliative care for patients with heart failure: facilitators and barriers - a cross sectional survey of German health care professionals

Within palliative care… Agreement
…communication with and involvement of the relatives plays an important role. 166 (94.9 %)
…an incurable patient will be cared for. 165 (94.3 %)
…the aim is to achieve/maintain best possible quality of life. 162 (92.6 %)
…the aim is a dignified death. 162 (92.6 %)
…psychological support is provided. 160 (91.4 %)
…one tries to avoid unnecessary therapy. 157 (89.7 %)
…extent and intensity of technical and life-sustaining measures well be deliberated and discussed with the patient. 156 (89.1 %)
…physical symptoms and discomfort as well as their relief are paramount. 153 (87.4 %)
…spiritual support will be provided. 145 (82.9 %)