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“Never before in the history of medicine has there been more ability to relieve suffering and improve quality of life throughout the spectrum of illness from diagnosis to death.” (von Gunten 2004)
Communication with the patient and family are essential for quality care.
The goals of hospice and palliative care is to increase quality of life.
Hospice care is care provided to terminally ill patients with the aim of alleviating distress due to illness-related symptoms.
Hospice is a philosophy of care not a venue of care.
Palliative care is care provided to patients anywhere in the illness trajectory with the aim of alleviating illness-related suffering.
Symptom control, satisfaction, and cost data underlie the evidence base for palliative care’s effectiveness.


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