Serious illness brings serious complications. Procedures, medications, therapy, advance directives, caregiving decisions and all the big and small changes to everyday life—they can be overwhelming. That’s why palliative care is so important.
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If I were to ask 50 people what palliative care means, I would likely get 50 different answers and most would say the term is interchangeable with hospice care. Because of this misconception in both the medical community and the general public, there is a hesitation to seek palliative care expertise earlier in a patient’s journey because of the false perception this service is only for those reaching end of life care.