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Palliative Care/Hospice Topics: Overcoming the Hesitance Regarding Hospice
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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

      dyoung3@bidmc.harvard.edu

          

        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.

            

          Disclosures

          Director of Medical Education and Committee Members have indicated they have no relevant financial interests or relationships to disclose. Faculty has indicated no relevant financial interests or relationships to disclose.

              
             

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