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.