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How is a palliative-care team involved in end-of-life treatment issues?

In the ideal situation, a palliative-care team has worked with a patient and family over time, which makes it much easier to enhance patients’ self-determination and autonomy by helping them identify their goals of care, as well as assisting them in thinking about advance directives. Palliative-care teams can help patients and their physicians understand and articulate their values in the area of end-of-life treatment.

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