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New National Guidelines Call for Improved Access to Virtual Palliative Care

Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2018 3:14 PM

There are many people living with a serious illness who do not have access to palliative care.  This lack of care can impact how they feel physically and emotionally.  New palliative care guidelines set out to improve access to care, which provides relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness; improves quality of life for both the patient and the patient’s family; and is provided concurrent with disease-focused treatments.

To improve access to palliative care, The National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative care has issued a new edition of the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, and it urges health care organizations to integrate it into services they provide to their patients. 

“The guidelines also call for palliative care to be available wherever people receive their care, including: outpatient clinics, cancer centers and long-term care facilities, office practices, homeless shelters, dialysis units and at home.”

Source: NAHC Report

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