Tell me what you think – Does palliative care "fit" in acute care hospitals?

Tell me what you think – Does palliative care "fit" in acute care hospitals?

Elederyly woman in acute care room
Can a palliative approach work in an acute care setting?

What is your perception of palliative care in an acute care setting?  Does it belong? Is it possible to provide palliative care in a setting that emphasizes curative treatments?

If you believe that palliative care doesn’t fit in acute care settings, then you are not alone. The following quote summarizes the responses of health care professionals.

Many individuals…characterized palliative care as end-of-life or hospice care that is initiated after the decision to limit curative treatment is made.

Few recognized the role of palliative care in managing symptoms and addressing psychosocial needs of patients with chronic illnesses other than cancer. Rodriguez, Barnato and Arnold

How can we help health care professionals to understand that palliative care is compatible with other treatments? 

How can we teach the benefits of integrating a “palliative approach” early on?

This is a topic I continue to work on. What are you working on right now?


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Courtney Murrell is a PSW who works in hospice palliative care.

When she is not at work, she is spending time with her family, going on hikes or writing. Courtney is a lifelong learner and loves to share her passion for writing as a wellness practice.

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