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  1. Arti says:

    While the goal of hospice care is also symptom relief, a key difference is the patient’s prognosis and goals of care. Palliative care is provided at any point of a chronic disease, with the goals of providing comfort, quality of life, and support to patients and their families. A common misunderstanding is that palliative care is the same as hospice care. [14] Hospice care provides comfort without a curative intent, when there are no longer curative options available or when a patient has chosen not to pursue curative or aggressive treatment because the side effects outweigh the benefits. While both services follow an interdisciplinary approach, and address physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, there are important differences. Successful palliative care teams complement oncologic care. Palliative care teams are able to take more time with patients and their families to provide a comprehensive baseline assessment and follow-up assessments that include evaluation of quality of life, as well as of physical, psychological, spiritual, and social domains. This team-based approach ensures that patients experience a smooth transition from the hospital to other services, which include home care or nursing home facilities. They can also assist with disclosure of prognosis.

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