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CAPC’S Director: U.S. Needs National Strategy for Palliative Care

Posted on Monday, June 24, 2019 3:25 AM

In a recent podcast, Diane Meier, Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care said that the United Stated needs a national strategy for palliative care.  One of the main issues is that most Americans are unaware of palliative care and what it entails.  Creating a national strategy allows government agencies, health care organizations, and the private sector to work together to bring change and much needed awareness to palliative care.

 “[A national strategy] is a way of thinking about the needs of the whole society and the diverse needs of different populations in different age groups, with different diagnoses, in rural areas and urban areas and hospital and non-hospital palliative care,” Meier said in a GeriPal podcast. “It would bring key stakeholders together that have influence, power and audiences, that have a stake in what this policy might be, and try to come to some agreement—and ideally this is associated with some financial investment from the government.”

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