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Palliative Care

Originally presented on March 4, 2010

John Gillespie, MD
Trustee and Consultant, The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., Buffalo, NY

George J. Giokas, M.D.
Attending Physician, Ellis Hospital; Consulting Physician, Sunnyview Hospital; Regional Medical Director, The Community Hospice of Schenectady, Director of Palliative Care

Chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes continue to be the leading causes of death in the United States. Serious, life-threatening and debilitating chronic conditions affect the quality of life for many people and their families. Palliative care (PC) provides patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing and treating suffering at any time from diagnosis through the end of life.  Studies suggest that the use of PC as an integral part of patient care has a beneficial impact on both a patient’s quality of life and attendant health care costs.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webcast participants will be able to:

  • Comprehend the history and evolution of the concept of PC
  • Value the use of PC as an integral part of all areas of medical practice, not just end-of-life care
  • Understand the importance of PC on patient/family quality of life issues as well as control and management of a chronic disease
  • Recognize the impact of PC on health care savings associated with the care of individuals with chronic disease
  • Identify strategies for assessing the need for PC services with clients.