Palliative care awareness – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters, I’m Joe Balintfy. November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Dr. Patricia Grady at the NIH says unlike hospice care, palliative care is not necessarily for patients who are dying.
Grady: Palliative care is care that’s directed toward addressing symptoms related to chronic illness or other areas of discomfort so it is really a symptom management.
Narrator: She explains, palliative care is comprehensive treatment of discomfort, symptoms and stress of serious illnesses. It does not replace primary treatment, rather works together with that treatment to improve quality of life. For more information on palliative care, and to receive a free brochure, visit www.ninr.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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