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All Hospice/Palliative Care Articles

Clear practitioner-patient communication offers patients who are dying the best chance of achieving a “good death.”
Learn more about how to have that difficult conversation with the family of a terminally ill child.
Learn more about what defines palliative care, and which seriously ill patients will benefit the most from palliative pain care.
A recent meta-analysis found that palliative care interventions were associated with statistically and clinically significant improvements in patient quality of life (QoL) and symptom burden.1
Definition of Palliative Care and Hospice Care
Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, and Russell Portenoy, MD, discuss how palliative and hospice care helps patients and families transition to end of life care, including appropriate pain management.
This personal account of the early days of hospice care provides a perspective on progress to date and lessons learned.
Article discusses hospice and its implications for the physician and chronic pain patients in dealing with end-of-life issues.
Pain management strategies in the palliative care setting must take into account barriers to appropriate pain management. Article describes these strategies.
Despite the availability of a wide variety of effective pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments for pain, understanding of pain remains a significant problem in nursing homes and hospices.
The prevalence of pain in terminally ill patients requires that physicians acquire the skills necessary to provide palliative pain treatment at end of life.
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