This statement in the preface of the 4th edition truly describes the role and function of palliative care:

Palliative Care Nursing describes the ethical and legal aspects of palliative and end-of-life care, and presents the process of providing that care within the framework of the whole person (including family and caregivers). Provision of nursing care is divided into 2 sections: (1) addressing the physical aspects of dying for particular diagnoses and (2) addressing symptom management for all patients. Palliative care nursing is a crucial aspect of providing care across patients’ life span, whether faced with congenital issues, chronic disease, or aging.

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