The Commission developed the concept of health-related suffering (SHS) to describe suffering that compromises physical, social, or emotional functioning, cannot be relieved without medical intervention, and is typically greatly ameliorated by palliative care and pain relief.
The Commission agreed to include within the scope of health-focused palliative care:
- all health conditions associated with end-of-life; and
- chronic or acute, life-threatening or life-limiting health conditions, diseases, and injuries.
The Commission decided not to focus on acute or chronic health conditions that are not life-threatening or life limiting, including chronic, non-malignant pain.