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Comment & Response
June 2018

Possible Underestimation of the Provision of Palliative Care—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
JAMA Oncol. 2018;4(6):886. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2017.5830

In Reply We agree with Buiting and de Graas that not all provision of palliative care is labeled as palliative care and that many oncology clinicians provide palliative care beautifully without calling it such. Traditionally, alleviating suffering in serious illness was simply called good medical care. We agree with that view. To the degree to which core palliative care domains (eg, symptom management, good communication) are viewed as a specialty task, rather than a part of good clinical care, this is a problem.1