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According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), hospice care focuses on a patients’ right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that both the patient and the patient’s family will receive the necessary support to allow them to do so.
The goal of hospice care is to help a person be comfortable by addressing issues causing physical or emotional pain or suffering, and utilizing a team approach to addressing these needs.
In an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine in August of 2010, Doctors Amy S. Kelley and Diane E. Meier describe the difference between hospice and palliative care. They said that “nonhospice palliative care is offered simultaneously with life-prolonging and curative therapies for persons living with serious, complex, and life-threatening illness. Hospice palliative care becomes appropriate when curative treatments are no longer beneficial, when the burdens of these treatments exceed their benefits, or when patients are entering the last weeks to months of life”.1
Palliative care focuses on the relief of pain and suffering and on providing the best quality of life possible for patients and their families.2 Similar to hospice, palliative care is typically provided by a team of providers from different disciplines to address the complex needs of seriously ill patients and can be delivered in a person’s home, or at a hospital, nursing home, or assisted living facility.
1 National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care
2 The New England Journal of Medicine (Vol. 363, No. 8; August 19, 2010)