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Oncology 101

Clinically Differentiating Palliative Care and Hospice

Dawn Bonebrake
Cheryl Culver
Katherine Call
Peggy Ward-Smith
CJON 2010, 14(3), 273-275 DOI: 10.1188/10.CJON.273-275

Knowing the differences and potential benefits of hospice and palliative care can help healthcare professionals advocate for their patients and make proactive decisions about patient care. Providing admission into the appropriate program can facilitate symptom management and impart the best quality of life possible for this vulnerable population. Case studies will be used to differentiate hospice from palliative care, and the history, philosophy, availability, requirements, and barriers to receiving care will be discussed.


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