What Is Palliative Care, Anyway?

March 27, 2015 2:55 PM

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Millions of Americans with a serious illness could benefit from palliative care, but many people know little about it and often confuse it with end-of-life care, or hospice. Below are answers to frequently asked questions to help you learn more about and understand this important health care service.

Palliative care is a new medical specialty that focuses on improving the quality of life of seriously ill patients and their families by addressing the pain, symptoms, and stress caused by serious illness. It is delivered by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, and others, who work alongside p...

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