Michael Rabow, MD
Palliative care generally refers to patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and alleviating suffering across the duration of a patient’s illness. Historically, palliative care referred to treatment available to patients at the end of life who were enrolled in hospice. More recently, palliative care has become available to seriously ill patients regardless of their prognosis. In addition, its meaning has evolved to encompass comprehensive care that may be provided along with disease-specific, life-prolonging treatment.
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