Why palliative care is valuable for patients and hospitals

06/12/2014 | HealthLeaders Media

Patients with one or more serious illnesses may benefit the most from palliative care because they often are in a cycle of health crises that includes repeat trips to the hospital or emergency department, said Turner West of Hospice of the Bluegrass in Kentucky. Palliative care is a high-value service for hospitals, West said, because it is high-quality care for patients that leads to appropriate treatments, fewer unnecessary hospitalizations and lower costs.

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