• 1 Department of Family Medicine, Penang Medical College, Penang, Malaysia, No. 4 Sepoy Lines Road, Penang 10450, Malaysia.
Asia Pac Fam Med, 2003;2(3):143-147.


The concept of palliative care is still quite new in Malaysia. Through the experience of delivering palliative care in both the hospital and community settings, the author has realized that there are many false beliefs among the medical and nursing professionals, as well as patients and their caregivers. By exploring and providing factual explanations to these beliefs, the present article highlights the differences in approach between acute and palliative management and the importance of good communication skills, as well as correcting the myths of patients and their caregivers, with the aim of improving the understanding of palliative care., (C) 2003 Blackwell Science Ltd