Comparison of palliative care definitions

Compare the two definitions of palliative care.

WHO definition

Global Consensus Definition



Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness.

Palliative care is the active holistic care of individuals across all ages with serious health-related suffering due to severe illness, and especially of those near the end of life.

How Through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. It aims to improve the quality of life of patients, their families and their caregivers.

Do you think one is more applicable for children’s palliative care? If so, why?

Hold onto this thought, and as we work through the course material it may become more apparent why one of these two definitions would be more applicable to children’s palliative care.