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Invited Commentary
December 9/23, 2013

It Is Possible : Quality Measurement During Serious Illness

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York
  • 2Center to Advance Palliative Care, New York, New York
JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(22):2080-2081. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.9469

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It is focused on giving patients relief from the symptoms, pain, stress, and treatments of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to provide the best possible quality of life for the patient and the family.1 Although 66% of large hospitals have a palliative care program,2 there is significant variation in the types of programs and services offered, giving rise to concern regarding variation in the quality of care provided by these programs.