Palliative Care - page 2
I have noticed that there is little discussion on Palliative care. Only a cursory mention related to hospice care. I would like to know about Palliaitve care in the US.... Read More
Mar 31, '03Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 4,738; Likes: 104I get the feeling that the words "palliative care" are not used as often in the US as in the UK, Australia, Canada etc. From what I gather, this is usually referred to as hospice care and usually related to the hospice setting. The palliative care that I'm used to is more of a mindset and can be performed anywhere.
May 25, '03Occupation: RN Joined: Nov '99; Posts: 2,950; Likes: 620I tried quoting adrienurse but my browser would not let me. I think I understand what you mean about mind set. And I agree all care should be given in a palliative manor. Unfortunately I think the US mind set is tied to the mind set of those who reimburse for care. Here the mind set is pallitive care means onlypallitive care and that in the US means keep them comfortable without treating them towards recovery. i. e. they are going to dies they have accepted it and don't want anything that is not enhancing to quality of life done.
Our insurance and government does not recognize the benefit of comfort care. It apparently is fluff in thier mind and unnessary.Last edit by Agnus on May 25, '03