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Palliative Care: A Consultative Service
with Longitudinal Follow-up
Palliative care differs from hospice care in that patients are allowed to simultaneously receive any and all medical treatment which is deemed to be potentially effective medical treatment directed toward their underlying disease(s).
Palliative care was not set up as an independent health care benefit, but as an independent health care benefit through a limited consultative supplement to standard medical and surgical treatments.
While palliative care was initially started as a hospital-based consultative service, it is increasingly expanding as an outpatient and home-based service with longitudinal follow-up.
[Palliative and End-of-Life Care, Module B, Economics, Regulations and Reimbursement]
Palliative Care: Moving Beyond Unrealistic Expectations
In palliative care the term "false hope" is used in cases where a patient's treatment goals are so unrealistic that embracing those goals results in suffering for both the patient and family including:
- Psychological stress
- Financial burdens
Transdisciplinary palliative care teams help patients and family members to identify realistic goals of care and select treatment options that meet those goals. An integral part of this in which case managers fulfill an essential role is in supporting smooth transitions of care and discharge options.
[Palliative and End-of-Life Care, Module E, Patient Goals and Expectations]