Effective Palliative Care: What is involved?

The CancerNetwork has released a detailed piece targeted to clinicians on how to provide effective palliative care to patients.

“It is important for oncologists who provide comprehensive cancer care to be familiar with the principles of primary palliative care and interdisciplinary team–based approaches to palliative care,” say the authors.

The piece breaks down research that speaks to the benefits of early integration of palliative care both for patients and for providers. The article also provides practical tips for oncologists who wish to initiate primary palliative care for their patients.

“Prior to referral to a specialized interdisciplinary palliative care team, oncologists may start advance-care planning discussions, provide basic pain and non-pain symptom relief, and utilize assessment tools.”

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