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Supportive Care or Palliative Care: A rose by another name . . .

IP Blog | Dave Melin | September 14, 2016

cancer supportive care handsThis week in health care trends, our cancer supportive care spotlight includes articles that point out the misunderstanding of the term palliative care; not only among patients and caregivers but within the medical industry.

Patients’ and Caregivers’ Misperceptions Continue to Stigmatize Palliative Care

Patients often believe palliative care is synonymous with hospice care and as a result are hesitant to utilize it.

Palliative Care: Continued Progress But Gaps Remain

This article explains the history of palliative care, how it impacts health care, and areas in which there is room for improvement.

U.S. Hospital Palliative-Care Teams Suffer Staffing Gaps

“A lot of these programs are running on a shoestring,” lead author Joanne Spetz said in a telephone interview. Spetz, an economics professor, directs the Health Workforce Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco.

‘Mystery Shopper’ Study Finds Barriers to Palliative Care at Major Cancer Centers

ASCO Expert Andrew S. Epstein, MD states, “In order for the full potential of palliative care programs to be realized, oncologists and others caring for people with cancer need to be aware of potential barriers to access, so that they can work with their entire cancer enterprise to ensure patients who want and need palliative care are able to access it”.

Palliative Care 2016: Rehospitalization of Patients With Advanced Cancer in the Year After Diagnosis

This article by ASCO Post outlines a recent study of the impact of rehospitalization on several variables.

The articles above are from our dedicated Cancer Supportive Care e-magazine. You can follow us on Flipboard or Twitter, or just watch for the links to this and our other magazines in our regular weekly BioBlog emails. (Don’t get our emails yet? Subscribe here!)


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