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Palliative Care

A chronic illness or life-threatening health condition presents an array of tough questions and challenges. Patients and caregivers need to consider medical options, care options and end-of-life decisions.

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What Is Palliative Care?

You may have heard of a new medical term—palliative care (pronounced PAH-LEE-UH-TIVE). For the last thirty years, palliative care has been provided by hospice programs for dying Americans. Currently these programs serve more than 1 million patients and their families each year.

Now this very same approach to care is being used by other health care providers, including teams in hospitals, nursing facilities and home health agencies in combination with other medical treatments to help people who are seriously ill.

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