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Palliative Medical Teams Encouraged By Institute Of Medicine’s “Dying In America” Report

Palliative medicine for the seriously ill should be covered by all payers and provided by all health organizations, said Dr. Diane Meier, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, during a presentation exploring new findings about dying in America. Meier addressed a widely circulated report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) calling for new public engagement strategies to foster […]

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Hospice Enrollment Policies Contribute To Underuse Of Care

Hospice enrollment policies contribute to the underuse of hospice care in the U.S., according to new findings published in the journal Health Affairs. Findings from the first national survey on hospice enrollment policies found 78 percent had at least one policy restricting care access for high-cost patients. Although almost all Americans live within close proximity to a hospice, more […]

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Palliative Medicine, Hospice Care?

Despite its growing popularity in hospitals, most Americans remain unaware of the comfort and benefits palliative care can provide some terminally ill patients. “There is a clear need to inform consumers about palliative care and provide consumers with a definition of palliative care,” researchers commissioned by the Center to Advance Palliative Care advise. According to Public Opinion Research on Palliative […]

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Telling Your Child About Terminal Illness

Hiding terminal illness from children can cause unnecessary stress on parents, confusion and anger for children, and a lack of much needed family support during treatment or end of life care, writes the American Cancer Society. Clinical psychologist, author and Huffington Post writer Joseph Nowinski argues that children know more about death and dying than parents think, so they should be told the […]

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