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What happens if your doctor is hesitating to make a referral for palliative care?

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Most doctors welcome the services that a palliative care team provides to their patients. However, on rare occasions, a primary care doctor might hesitate to make a referral. If you encounter this problem, ask your doctor for an explanation. You can also ask the palliative care team to help you explain why you would like such services. Then you can speak with your primary care doctor about how palliative care could benefit you.

From: How to Find Palliative Care WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Nursing Research: "Palliative Care".

Caring Connections: "How Can Palliative Care Help Me?"

Getpalliativecare.org.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Center to Advance Palliative Care.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine (AAHPC).

National Institutes of Health: Clinical Trials on Palliative Care.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 16, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Nursing Research: "Palliative Care".

Caring Connections: "How Can Palliative Care Help Me?"

Getpalliativecare.org.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Center to Advance Palliative Care.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine (AAHPC).

National Institutes of Health: Clinical Trials on Palliative Care.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 16, 2019

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