Palliative care is often confused with hospice care, comfort care or withholding curative care from which patients could benefit. This is not the case.
Palliative care is for patients with chronic illness who can continue to receive curative treatments, while hospice care is for patients with terminal illness who have typically chosen to forgo curative treatments. Learn more about palliative care vs. hospice.
Palliative care is provided by a team of specialists and care providers, and is aimed at controlling suffering, improving the patient’s quality of life, increasing function and assisting with decision-making.
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The team approach addresses not only the physical pain of a chronic illness, but also the non-physical symptoms, like: emotional stress, financial concerns or family discord.
The main similarities between the palliative and hospice care approaches are the collaboration between the team of medical specialists and therapists, and the focus on family involvement.
Palliative care reduces high levels of suffering and distress among patients with serious illness, at any stage of the disease. Palliative care can be beneficial to patients who:
Palliative care can provide support for caregivers and patients, including:
To learn more about transitioning care, read: “How to Transition Home After Leaving a Medical Facility.”
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