Palliative care, also increasingly known as Supportive Care, may be one of the most misunderstood terms in healthcare. Many people believe it’s the same as hospice care and it means the end of life. But palliative care is different from hospice, and when put in place, palliative care can bring hope, control, and a chance at a better quality of life for seriously ill patients and their caregivers.
"Understanding Palliative/Supportive Care" summarizes the key features of palliative care, describes how it differs from hospice, and clarifies some of the misconceptions that prevent people from considering palliative care for themselves or for loved ones.
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