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  • PALLIATIVE CARE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Understanding what palliative care is and how it can benefit you or a loved one is important. Below are answers to frequently asked questions about palliative care:

     

    What Is Palliative Care?

    Palliative Care is interdisciplinary care that aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life, optimize function and assist with decision-making for patients with advanced illness and their families.

    Palliative Care is not:

    • Hospice care
    • Comfort care
    • Withholding curative care from which patients could benefit

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    Who Needs Palliative Care?

    Patients who may benefit from these services may include:

    • those experiencing chronic, progressive pulmonary disorders, renal disease, chronic heart failure and progressive neurological conditions
    • oncology patients
    • patients with recurrent infections
    • patients with non-healing wounds
    • patents who have a history of recurrent hospitalizations
    • patients with psychosocial, emotional and/or spiritual distress
    • patients who need coordination of care

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    How Do You Know If Palliative Care Is Needed?

    Common triggers for palliative care consults include:

    • recurrent infections
    • non-healing wounds
    • recurrent hospitalizations
    • pain or other severe discomforts requiring symptom management
    • psychosocial, emotional, and/or spiritual distress
    • weight loss
    • recurrent falls
    • uncertainty about treatment options or goals of care
    • uncertainly about navigating the healthcare system
    • need for coordination of care

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    What Are The Benefits Of Palliative Care?

    • Reduces high levels of suffering and distress among patients with serious illness, at any age and at any stage of disease
    • Improves communication among patients, families, and health care providers
    • Addresses the needs of family caregivers as they cope with and care for a loved one with serious illness
    • Reduces unwanted, unnecessary, and painful interventions
    • Improves patient and family satisfaction
    • Can improve survival
    • Improves quality of care while reducing costs
      – Allows patients to remain comfortable, preventing and relieving pain and suffering, improving their quality of life
      – Allows patients to maintain connection to family and friends
      – Fosters vitality and independence among patients

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    What’s The Difference Between Palliative Care And Hospice Care?

    Palliative Care

    Hospice Care

    Chronic illness Terminal illness
    No physician certification of limited life expectancy Expected prognosis of less than 6 months
    Patients can receive curative treatments throughout Not seeking curative therapies
    Medicare – Part B reimbursement for visits Medicare – Part A benefit program
    Patients can
    – Continue curative therapies
    – Continue Medicare as is
     
    No time component  
    Interdisciplinary Interdisciplinary
    Patient and family focused Patient and family focused
    Emphasis on communication Emphasis on communication
    Focus on symptom management Focus on symptom management
    Improved quality of life is the goal Improved quality of life is the goal


    Similarities

    • Interdisciplinary
    • Patient and family focused
    • Emphasis on communication
    • Focus on symptom management
    • Improved quality of life is the goal

    Differences

    • Palliative care allows patients to:
      – Continue curative therapies
      – Continue Medicare as is
    • No time component with palliative care

    Sources: Geriatric Review Syllabus 7th ed and America’s Care of Serious Illness 2011: A State-by-State Report Card on Access to Palliative Care in Our Nation’s Hospitals

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