Screening for palliative care needs in family medicine

Dr. Liliana I. Sofronie1,2
1Cabinetul Medical Medicină de Familie dr Sofronie Liliana, Timișoara, România, 2Medicină de familie

Primit: 5.04.2021 • Acceptat pentru publicare: 25.07.2021


The use of PIG (Prognostic Index Guide) and NECPAL (NECesidades PALiativas) tools is becoming absolutely necessary in the activity of family medicine at present because it brings benefits that are difficult to overestimate in assessing the general condition of patients with progressive chronic diseases. Also, it allows the development of a short-term and long-term treatment behaviour depending on the general condition and real needs of patients, taking into account their preferences and possibilities.

The study included 226 patients over 65 year of age from the list of a family doctor. 13.27% of the group of elderly patients over 65 years of age (who ask medical assistance in primary care) or 7.32% of all seniors on the list on the care list are eligible for palliative care. These indices require the mandatory inclusion of the bases and principles of palliative care in national Continuing Medical Education programs.

Keywords: screening, palliative care needs, prognostic index guide, PIG, NECPAL questionnaire

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