End of life is one of the most difficult stages of life and is in need of attention to improve the care and experience of individuals who are dying. Many patients at the end of life could benefit from palliative care.
Palliative care is specialized, team-based care that focuses on relieving symptoms and improving quality of life for both the patient with a serious illness, and the patient’s family.1 It can be provided at any stage of a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment. Further, providers of these services work with other health care team members to make sure that the care that is delivered is aligned with patient goals, values, and preferences.
Tracking the percentage of California hospitals that provide in-patient palliative care helps to make sure that hospitalized patients with serious illness receive care that meets their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
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