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How Can Your Patients Benefit from Palliative Care?

Improving Patient Care

Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP, Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, expounds on a new medical specialty called palliative care. Palliative care focuses on maximizing a person’s quality of life, including treating pain, symptoms and stress associated with a serious illness. Whether the goal is life prolongation or cure, palliative care is provided concomitantly, regardless of a patient’s age or disease progression. Unlike hospice, palliative care has no prognostic restriction, and is suitable for anyone who has suffered from dealing with a complex illness.

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