Palliative Care in Home Health: A Review of the Literature
Palliative care focuses on providing individuals with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress associated with serious or advanced illness (Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2011). Home healthcare agencies care for many patients with advanced disease or with unpleasant symptoms who need relief. However, home healthcare clinicians often do not think about the use of palliative care during a home healthcare episode of care. The purpose of this article is to review the literature for evidence-based benefits of integrating palliative care into the home healthcare episode of care for patients in advanced disease states.