Hospice and palliative care: Program needs and academic issues

Charles F. Von Gunten*, Kathy Johnson Neely, Jeanne Martinez

*Corresponding author for this work

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With the renaissance of interest in how best to care for patients with terminal illness comes the need to recognize palliative care and hospice programs as the completion of comprehensive cancer care, not as its antithesis. In practical terms, admission to a hospice program is appropriate when efforts to control the biologic disease have ceased to be helpful and the primary medical focus is on symptom control and quality of life. In this article, the authors explore the goals of palliative care, review the transition to a hospice program, and assess the Medicare Hospice Benefit. Furthermore, they reflect on the importance of and barriers to the appropriate adoption of palliative care programs as well as palliative care education in oncology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1070-1074
Number of pages5
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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