Pain and Symptom Relief
|Palliative Care||Hospice Services|
|Definition||A medical specialty that relieves symptoms and improves quality of life for individuals of any age, at any stage in a serious illness, whether that illness is curable, chronic, or life-limiting||A philosophy of patient-centered care that treats the person, rather than the life-limiting diagnosis by meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the individual and their family|
|Timing of Care||Begins early, once the effects of an illness begin to impact quality of life||Begins later, once it’s decided that the focus of treatment should shift from curing to caring|
|Duration||Throughout the treatment process||When physician determines that a realistic life expectancy is six months or less|
|Care Strategies||Pain Control, Symptom Relief, Psychosocial Support||Pain Control, Symptom Relief, Spiritual Support, Psychosocial Support, Bereavement Support|
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