Ordem dos Psicólogos

Contributions of the Order

Ordem dos Psicólogos (OPP) and the Law of the Basis of Palliative Care

02.August.2012

On the 24th of July, the new Law for the Basis of Palliative Care, which legitimates the field of intervention of Psychologists in the area of care provided, was voted on and approved in Parliament.

The Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses (OPP) congratulates itself with the approval, by the Parliament, of the new Law for the Basis of Palliative Care which establishes the creation of a National Network for Palliative Care (RNCP). This care is defined as “active, coordinated and global, provided by specific units and teams, in hospitals and at home, to patients who are suffering due to an incurable or serious illness, in an advanced and progressive phase, and also to their families, with the main objective of promoting their well-being and quality of life, through the prevention and relief of physical, psychological, social and spiritual suffering, based on the early identification and thorough treatment of pain and other physical problems, as well as psycho-social and spiritual problems.”.

The Ordem dos Psicólogos (OPP) participated in the process of the preliminary hearing for the preparation of this Law, and also made a written contribution.

Of the recommendations issued by the OPP and mirrored in this new Law, we highlight the need to facilitate psychological support to professional care givers, so as to prevent a breakdown and a reduction of psycho-social risks, and also to facilitate the mourning process of the patients and families.