The Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland (APM) is an association for doctors who work or have a special interest in palliative care, whether in hospices, hospitals or the community. Formed in 1986, it now has over 1100 members from all over Great Britain and Ireland and includes doctors based overseas.
The APM exists to promote the advancement and development of palliative medicine and is recognised as representing physicians at all grades who work in palliative medicine and those with an interest in the specialty.
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What is Palliative Medicine?
Palliative medicine is the medical care of patients with advanced illness who require medical assessment and treatment of their symptoms. It was recognised by the Royal College of Physicians as a specialty in 1987. Since then the field of palliative medicine has grown both in terms of the number of doctors and the scientific evidence that guides their practice.
Doctors working in the field of palliative medicine are involved with the clinical care of patients but often have wider roles in the fields of medical education, research, strategic planning, advising on national guidelines and policy and implementation of these at local levels.