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Hospital-Based Palliative Care 

Hospital-Based Palliative Care
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Hospital-Based Palliative Care
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Patricia Maani-Fogelman

and Marie Bakitas

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190223755.003.0002
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date: 14 October 2019

Hospital-based palliative care has built on the legacy of hospice to extend this patient-centered care into hospital settings. Palliative care teams have developed to provide primary palliative care consultation and care across inpatient settings that range from community-based hospitals to veterans’ hospitals, children’s hospitals, and academic centers. While inpatient care is still evolving, important strides have been made in the development of processes for interdisciplinary team care planning, procedures for withdrawal of life support, and palliative care consultation to manage distressing symptoms. This chapter reviews the status of inpatient palliative care and future directions for palliative care teams in this setting.

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