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Hospice Care

Also called: End-of-life care
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Summary

Hospice care is end-of-life care. A team of health care professionals and volunteers provides it. They give medical, psychological, and spiritual support. The goal of the care is to help people who are dying have peace, comfort, and dignity. The caregivers try to control pain and other symptoms so a person can remain as alert and comfortable as possible. Hospice programs also provide services to support a patient's family.

Usually, a hospice patient is expected to live 6 months or less. Hospice care can take place

  • At home
  • At a hospice center
  • In a hospital
  • In a skilled nursing facility

NIH: National Cancer Institute

Start Here

  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
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  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute) Also in

Related Issues

  • (National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization) - PDF
  • (Joint Commission) - PDF Also in
  • (National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization) - PDF
  • (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) - PDF Also in
  • (National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization) - PDF
  • (National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization)

Specifics

  • (Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association) - PDF

Statistics and Research

  • (National Center for Health Statistics)

Clinical Trials

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)

Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

Reference Desk

  • (Center to Advance Palliative Care)

Find an Expert

  • (National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization)
  • (Hospice Foundation of America)
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Children

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