12/11/2013

Hospital-based clinicians say palliative care provides an emotional lift for them, empowers families to make end-of-life care decisions based on their own values, and may affect patient transitions and readmissions. Palliative care can be part of hospitalist services or provided as a separate service. AAHPM executive vice president Dr. Porter Storey said physicians who practice palliative care in a hospital can learn valuable patient-care skills and how to communicate with families in crisis, and he called it "some of the most rewarding work you can possibly do."

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