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About Palliative Care

This is a collection of information and resources about palliative care approaches for individuals and caregivers living with chronic or serious illness.

Early palliative care on an inpatient oncology unit: Impact of a novel co-rounding partnership on patient and health ...

Background: Early palliative care (PC) improves outcomes for outpatients with advanced cancer, but its impact on an inpatient oncology unit is unknown. We implemented a novel inpatient medical oncology (ONC) and PC co-rounding partnership on September 1, 2011 at Duke University Hospital.

Is This Palliative Care's Moment?

Not long ago, a middle-aged woman from a developing country arrived at San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center. The woman had a rare, life-threatening illness. Relatives who live in the Bay Area had helped her travel here for a second opinion. The opinion was not what they had hoped to hear.

The Best Possible Day

Guy Le Querrec / Magnum Photos A COUPLE of years ago, I got a call from the husband of Peg Bachelder, my daughter Hunter's piano teacher. "Peg's in the hospital," Martin said. She'd been treated in 2010 for a rare pelvic cancer requiring chemotherapy, radiation and radical surgery.

Palliative care now has new Ambulance options

PALLIATIVE care patients and their families in Narooma now have more options for end of life care, thanks to collaboration between NSW Ambulance and the region's largest health agencies.

Wanting to survive more than just 30 days | GeriPal - Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog

by: Gretchen Schwarze, @GretchenSchwa10 My husband, also a surgeon, was recently discussing donor-nephrectomy with a healthy 65 year-old woman in his transplant clinic.He told her the 30-day survival for this operation was excellent.She was shocked he would quote such metrics, "I don't want to live for just 30 days!"Yet for years, we in surgery have judged our successes by the number of patients who don't die within 30 days of surgery.

Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life

A substantial body of evidence shows that broad improvements to end-of-life care are within reach. In Dying in America, a consensus report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a committee of experts finds that improving the quality and availability of medical and social services for patients and their families could not only enhance quality of life through the end of life, but may also contribute to a more sustainable care system.

Palliative Care: YOU are a BRIDGE

This video animation compares palliative care to the foundation of a bridge. While illness may weaken the foundation, the palliative care team provides a stronger layer of support.

Canadian Virtual Hospice

Information and support on palliative and end-of-life care, loss and grief. Our team of experts can answer your questions about life-threatening illness and loss.

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