Communication is the Foundation of Quality Palliative Care

Communication is the Foundation of Quality Palliative Care

Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau had articulated a phrase that later went on to becoming a guiding principle of ethical medical practice, and in many ways laid the foundation for the concept of palliative care; “to cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always.” In an age, when medical practitioners increasingly focus on interventions and treatments aimed at cure, the concept of ‘comforting’ often takes a backseat, and is not always seen to be in the domain of what the health care professional is required to do. To comfort is the cornerstone of quality palliative care, and to comfort is often presumed to be synonymous with communicating.