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Home Care and Hospice Care 

Home Care and Hospice Care
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Home Care and Hospice Care
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Marilyn Bookbinder

and Romina Arceo

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190223755.003.0003
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date: 21 October 2019

Hospice care began in the 1970s and has served as the model for interdisciplinary end-of-life care addressing physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs. Hospice was originally focused on cancer and later also on addressing the urgent need for care of patients with AIDS. In recent years, hospice has expanded to include patients with numerous serious illnesses as well as new patient populations, such as children with serious illness and elderly patients with multiple chronic illness demands. The economically burdened health care system has created a need to expand hospice care across diseases. The home care environment offers many benefits but also tremendous burdens for family caregivers who provide constant care. This chapter reviews the status of home-based hospice care as the demands for such care are ever increasing.

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