Hospice and palliative medicine is a formal subspecialty of medicine in the United States that concentrates on side effect management. Hospice care is a sort of consideration and philosophy that concentrates on palliation of a terminally ill or seriously ill patient's pain and symptoms.
Palliative medicine is a range of health care that concentrates on relieving and preventing the suffering of patient. Dissimilar to hospice care, palliative care is appropriate to patients in all infection stages, including those experiencing treatment for curable illnesses and those living chronic diseases, and patients who are nearing the end of life. Palliative medicine uses a multidisciplinary methodology to patient care, depending on information from physicians, pharmacists, nurses, chaplains, social workers, psychologists and other allied health professionals in planning of care to relieve every aspect of a patient's life. This multidisciplinary methodology permits the palliative care team to address physical, emotional, spiritual and social concerns that arise with advanced illness.
Treatments and medications without curative effect on the disease may have palliative effect. This can include treating illness identified with chemotherapy.
Last date updated on June, 2014