As you may already know, palliative care is the management of physical, emotional, social and spiritual suffering. It also involves directed treatments related to chronic, life-threatening or terminal pain and disease. Most important, palliative care means improving the quality of care through communication and informed decision making. It is a HOLISTIC approach.
Palliative care is NOT a single treatment algorithm and not limited to end-of-life care or restricted to pain management, nor is it only appropriate for cancer-related diagnoses.
"It has been the biggest battle with healthcare providers to separate the differences between hospice and palliative care," explained Dr. Riar. He then clarified that hospice is an insurance-provided service and palliative is a way of improving quality of life. Read Full Post