Report: 60% of Patients Needing Palliative Care Don’t Receive It
Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 12:14 PM
According to a recent study from the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), 60% of patients who could benefit from palliative care do not receive it.
“Palliative care helps patients live their best lives with the time they have left, and hospice care helps patients have the death they want consistent with their values,” co-author Amy Compton-Phillips, M.D., executive vice president and chief clinical officer at Providence St. Joseph Health in Seattle, said in the report. “Palliative care should be as ubiquitous as hospice care within the health care industry. If 60% of patients who would benefit aren’t receiving it, there’s a real disconnect.”
The disconnect lies in the fact that too many families are not told about it by their medical team, therefore, they do not know to request it. Medical teams need to educate themselves and patients about palliative care and the benefits.
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