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Hospice and palliative care


Palliative care aims to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for patients who have advanced illness. A health care team can give this type of care while a patient is receiving regular medical treatments. Family support is also provided.

Hospice care provides physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients who have life-limiting illness. Hospice care is for patients who may have less than 6 months to live. Family support is also provided.




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Source: Allina Health Home Health; Allina Health's Patient Education Department

First published: 08/11/2009
Last updated: 06/04/2012

Reviewed by: Steven Bergeson, MD, medical director of quality, Allina Health clinics; J Richard Sheely, MD, medical director, Allina Health clinics