What is Palliative Care?
Curative care is meant to cure a disease. Palliative care is meant to make the patient more comfortable. To palliate is “to make a disease or its symptoms less severe or unpleasant without removing the cause.”
What is the History of Palliative Care?
Palliative care grew out of the hospice movement. Today 80 percent of hospitals with 300 or more beds offer a palliative specialist or palliative team who work with the patient’s other physicians to address the physical, psychological, social or spiritual distress of serious illness and its treatment.
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