Speaker: Date: Topic
Mary K. Buss, MD, MPH
Feb. 1, 2017
Palliative Care/Hospice Topics: Overcoming the Hesitance Regarding Hospice
Objectives of the Presentation
Participants should be able to:
- Distinguish palliative care and hospice.
- Recognize patients who would benefit from hospice.
- Integrate new phrases into one's approach to discussing hospice with patients and families.
Responsibility for Content
The PowerPoint presentation, Take-Away points, Objectives, Site links and Abstract links were sent by Medical Library Services and the CME Committee.
Diane E. Young, Information Specialist
Take-Away Points of the Presentation
1. Early integration of Palliative Care improves the quality of life of patients with serious illness and may even extend their survival. Palliative Care has NEVER been shown to shorten life expectancy.
2. The hospice benefit helps patients with <6 months life expectancy who prioritize comfort and quality of life. Care is most often provided at home. Hospice improves the quality of life for patients (and their families) at the end of life.
3. Exploring 'what matters most' to a patient with a serious illness can help clinicians direct the medical care in a manner that is most likely to meet an individual patient's goals. Often hospice is the best possible care for these patients.
Palliative Care Sites
Links to Abstracts of Articles Cited (contact Diane Young for full-text articles at firstname.lastname@example.org)
PDF of the PowerPoint Presentation
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