“ Active total care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment, where the control of pain, of other symptoms and of psychological, social and spiritual problems is paramount, and where the goal is the best quality of life for the patient and their family” Back, N. Handbook Palliative Medicine: 2001, p188.
Doctor, why am I ill? Your heart valve leaks. Yes but why me? Wait, I’ll call the vicar. Bert Keizer 1996, Dancing with Mr D
Pain in the context of fear and feeling out of control can be unbearable and overwhelming, whereas pain that is expected and for which there is known to be relief available, if wanted, is much more often bearable. Iona Heath 2008