End-of-Life Choice, Palliative Care and Counseling

Tending to the dying in hospitalsby admin

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By Jean Kutner, MD, for the Denver Post

By definition, most doctors focus on making people well and keeping them that way. The notion of palliative and end-of-life care can rub against the grain of that life-saving, life-preserving concept.

That helps explain why so many hospitals and educational institutions have only recently embraced the idea of palliative care.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine was recognized as a specialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties in September 2006.


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