Palliative Care: A Paradigm of Care Responsive to the Demands For Health Care Reform in America


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Abstract

EXECUTIVE SUMMARYPalliative care is poised to become a universally available approach to health care which addresses both the needs of patients and families experiencing serious, progressive, and life-threatening illness, and also the costs of delivering such needed services.Palliative care and hospice are part of a continuum of care with palliative care provided at any time during the illness trajectory, while hospice care is offered at the end of life.Within the context of health care reform, we believe palliative care addresses critical economic imperatives while enhancing quality of life even as death approaches.As leaders in health care, advance practice nurses, specifically, and the nursing community in general are best positioned with the knowledge, expertise, and commitment to advance the specialty of palliative care and lead the way in the reform of America's health care system.

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