How Common Is Palliative Care In Hospitals?
The answer, according to a survey released by the Center to Advance Palliative Care, is mixed.
Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Palliative Care More Common At Some Hospitals, Study Finds
Palliative care teams are devoted to easing the symptoms, stress and pain from serious illnesses, both chronic and terminal. The new survey by the Center to Advance Palliative Care, a nonprofit affiliated with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and the center's research arm, found that 1,568 (or 63 percent) of 2,489 hospitals surveyed had palliative care teams (Rau, 10/5).
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Minnesota Ranks At Top In Care Of Very Sick
Minnesota is becoming a Midwest leader in palliative medical care as more doctors, hospitals and patients warm up to what often is a confusing and misunderstood area of health care for people with advanced illness. Some 89 percent of the state's medium and larger hospitals offer palliative care — which focuses on easing pain and discomfort while often continuing aggressive treatment. That placed Minnesota among seven states getting an A in a report released Wednesday by the Center to Advance Palliative Care at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City (Wolfe, 10/5).