Palliative Care Offers Benefits beyond Hospice
August 26, 2015 | Strategic Insights for Health System
More patients may benefit from the aims of palliative care than just those with terminal conditions, states a review article published August 20, 2015, in The New England Journal of Medicine. However, the article points out, palliative care specialists are in short supply. "The core components of palliative care include the assessment and treatment of physical and psychological symptoms, identification of and support for spiritual distress, expert communication to establish goals of care and assist with complex medical decision making, and coordination of care," it states, and goes on to note that these goals should be met for most patients by primary care physicians.