Around 2.4 million Americans are expected to die this year. To facilitate
a good quality of life in terminally ill populations, it is imperative that
all primary care practitioners gain a better understanding of the basic tenets
of hospice and palliative care. Good palliative care requires an intricate
combination of expert symptom management and understanding of the many categories
of human response to terminal illness. A special knowledge base and set of
attitudes are needed to support and palliate the patient-family unit through
the complex interactions of physiological, psychological, social, and spiritual
symptoms of terminal illness. Providing that information is what this UNIPAC
series is all about.
Periyakoil VS. Hospice and Palliative CareHospice and Palliative Care. JAMA. 2003;290(18):2485. doi:10.1001/jama.290.18.2485-a
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