Is palliative or hospice care ever practiced in hospitals?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Palliative and hospice care may be provided in a hospital or other medical facility or in the privacy of your own home. Both palliative and hospice care involve medical professionals working with a team of psychological or spiritual care givers to allow for the best quality of life during the end stages of illness. Palliative care may begin in the earlier stages of treatment when medicines and other procedures are being used to treat the illness. Once hospice care has begun, medical treatments for pain may still be allowed if requested by the family or the person who is terminally ill.

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