The Treatment Of Hospice And Palliative Care

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According to Cynthia R., of the Journal of Palliative Medicine, “Medical technology has been progressing in leaps and bounds since the second half of the 20th century” (1). This advancement is the result of ongoing studies of medical researchers, bringing about new curative treatments for a variety of diseases. Many of these are extending the lives and increasing comfort of those that are terminally ill. However, amongst the improvements in medical treatments available, they have become the default method of practice even for patients that will not ultimately overcome their condition. When given a diagnosis, patients are often thrust into a variety of treatments by health care providers. However, when that illness is no longer treatable to the extent that the patient will be cured, patients are often kept in the same realm of curative treatments despite their preferences. Hospice and palliative care is a specialized form of medical care that provides terminally ill patients (and their families) with pain management, family planning, and a focus on spiritual and emotional well being in the last days of a patients life, outside of a hospital environment. Hospice and palliative care does not mean that one is necessarily needing to be at an imminent stage before death. Rather, it is the ability of patients with terminal illnesses to receive pain management and care in order to live out the rest of their lives comfortably. Palliative care is said to have, “encouraged medicine to
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