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November 12, 2003

Hospice and Palliative CareHospice and Palliative Care

JAMA. 2003;290(18):2485. doi:10.1001/jama.290.18.2485-a

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.

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