Palliative care programs grow throughout US

AP reports, “Hospitals across the country have been adding programs in palliative care – which focuses on treating pain, minimizing side effects, coordinating care among doctors and ensuring the concerns of patients and their families are addressed – at a feverish pace.”

“The field has expanded so rapidly that a majority of American hospitals now have palliative programs, to the delight of patients who say they’ve finally found relief and a sympathetic ear.”

The AP quotes Dr. Diane Meier of Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, who directs the Center to Advance Palliative Care, as saying that palliative care is important because it emphasizes that “the patient is a person, not a problem list, not a list of different organ systems with different problems, not a list of different diseases.”

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