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Hospice, Palliative Care, and Beyond

By, Katie M. Dodd, MS, RDN, CSG, LD If you work in health care, you have likely heard about palliative care and hospice care. But what exactly are these types of care- in what ways are they similar or different? Having knowledge about these important services is imperative for all health care providers, regardless of the setting you work in. End of Life Care When discussing hospice and palliative care, most people think of end of life care. Per the National Institute on Aging, end of life care is the support and medical care given during the time surrounding death (1). They make the point that this time is not simply the moments before the lungs stop working and the heart stops beating. It i

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