Palliative care is person-centred
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Guiding Principle 1 Palliative care is person-centred care

Palliative care is person-centred care


Person-centred care is about dignity, worth, and human rights. It is sometimes called ‘patient-centred care’. Person-centred care involves treating people the way they want to be treated and listening to their needs and preferences. This includes involving them in decision-making and supporting quality of life. It also includes being treated with dignity and respect, and having your identity, culture, and diversity valued and supported.

Palliative care is naturally person-centred with its focus on quality of life and support for individual physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. Compassion and valuing people as the person they are, rather than just the illness they have, is an important part of this approach.



Guiding Principle 2 Death is a part of life


Guiding Principle 2 Carers are valued


Guiding Principle 4 Care is accessible


Guiding Principle 5 Everyone has a role


Guiding Principle 6 Care is evidence-based



Resources and Information



CareSearch provides evidence-based resources to support health professionals in providing person-centred palliative care. We provide quality and practical information as well as working with partners so that patients, carers, and families can make informed decisions and access person-centred palliative care.


Person-centred palliative care means we work together respectfully to:


Infographic: Understand who you are and what matters to you; Attend to your physical emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual needs; Support you to make choices and decisions; Support your family and those caring for you