Currently, “palliative care” is defined as "active holistic care, offered to people of all ages who suffer from intense health-related suffering resulting from serious illness, especially those who are at the end of their lives".
The goal of palliative care is, therefore, to improve the quality of life of patients, their families and their caregivers.
The purpose of palliative care is to take care of dying patients, allowing them to spend the end of their lives relieving their symptoms in the least invasive way, reducing any possible stress while optimally treating their refractory symptoms.
The dying patient is often no longer able to take oral therapy, with an intramuscular and intravenous route being less commonly used in the home setting due to the difficult management for the caregiver.
Subcutaneous infusion has been rediscovered in palliative and home care precisely because of its easy and effective management, even for caregivers, requiring minimal training with reduced invasiveness.