80% of Informed Consumers Would Choose Palliative Care
Posted on Monday, September 9, 2019 11:48 AM
According to a survey by Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), almost 80% of consumers would choose palliative care for themselves and their family members if they were fully educated in what it entails.
“Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family,” according to the definition CAPC provided to survey respondents. “Palliative care is provided by a specially trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is based on the needs of the patient, not on the patient’s prognosis. This care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment.”
Many people associate palliative care with hospice, which stops them from seeking it out. Education and information are vital for patients and their caregivers to make the best decision for their needs.
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