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October 13, 2020

Palliative Care for Patients With Noncancer Illnesses

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Geriatrics, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco
  • 3San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, California
JAMA. 2020;324(14):1404-1405. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.15075

The term palliative care was coined in 1975 to describe the core goals of a newly created hospital-based service in Quebec, Canada, designed to improve quality of life and mitigate sources of distress for patients with serious life-threatening illness.1 Now, 45 years later, palliative care retains its central focus on improving quality of life for individuals with serious life-limiting illnesses and their families by addressing physical and psychological symptoms and social and spiritual needs and aligning patient and family values with available care options.

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