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
Schenker Y, Arnold R. Possible Underestimation of the Provision of Palliative Care—Reply. JAMA Oncol. 2018;4(6):886. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2017.5830
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