The World Health Organization describes palliative care as “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening
illness, 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.”
A Kentucky Educational Television program will examine some moral questions surrounding death, including how to approach medical treatment when you are at the end of your life.
The program “Horizon: How to Die a Better Death,” is presented by Dr. Kevin Fong, who explores what it means to die a better death and shows how palliative care, when done right, can help individuals achieve that goal by shifting the focus from cure to care.
Fong talks to medical professionals and people who are near the end of their lives and explores how individuals should approach medical treatment when they are dying.
The documentary will air at at 9 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. CT Monday, June 21; and 4/3 p.m. Thursday, June 24 and Sunday, June 27 at 4/3 p.m. KET program are also available at www.ket.org.