In a recent EVMS Magazine article, Robert Palmer MD, Director of the EVMs Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology said “Any patient with a progressive, chronic disease should be receiving palliative care.” A chronic disease is an illness that is ongoing. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) one in two American Adults has a chronic illness.
What is Palliative Care? In the same article, EVMS Physician Marissa Galicia-Castillio, MD shared “Palliative care medicine provides the whole spectrum of care for patients diagnosed with serious illness. This can mean pain and symptom control communication and coordination and emotional support for both the patients and their families or caregivers. Palliative care medicine can begin at any age and at any stage of the diagnosis.”
Is Hospice Cate the same as Palliative Care? Palliative care is not hospice care. Hospice care is a “subgroup of palliative care” and occurs near the end of life, “when two physicians would not be surprised if death occurred in the next six months.”
Curious to learn more about Palliative Care? Click on the links below.
Palliative Care: Teamwork, communication & compassion provide quality-of-life care (EVMS Magazine)
Palliative Care (MedlinePlus)
WHO Definition of Palliative Care (World Health Organization)
Palliative Care: An Explanation of Palliative Care (National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization)
Want to learn more about the EVMS Center that Dr. Palmer leads? Visit the EVMS Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology.
Learn more about health issues search Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library collections and databases by visiting the library’s website at http://www.evms.edu/library.
This blog is about consumer health topics of interest to the general public and a vehicle to promote the Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library and library outreach events.
Ruth Smith, MLIS