A 35-year-old member asked:
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what is the difference between palliative care and a hospice or are they the same thing but for different stages?

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Dr. John Manzella
46 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Similiar yet not: Hospice requires a prognosis of less than 6 months of life. Palliative care does not require a terminal diagnosis yet does require the patient to be evaluated by a doctor on a regular basis to assess whether or not the patient still requires palliative care. Palliative care and hospice share the common goal of patient comfort. Medicare & insurances vary greatly on reimbursement for these services.
Answered on Sep 17, 2018
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
61 years experience Geriatric Psychiatry
They are similar: Both of them concentrate on quality of life instead of prolongation of life. Palliative care could be provided earlier because to be eligible for hospice, patient must be likely to die within 6 months.
Answered on Jul 2, 2014
Dr. Scott Bolhack
34 years experience Wound care
Hospice: Well, you may just need a palliative approach to care; comfort over cure. Hospice is palliative care in the last months of life. Discuss with your physician about working on your comfort or find a physician who is hospice and palliatively board-certified. It is unfortunate that cms has sort of defined hospice meaning palliative care for the last six months of life, but this is only an estimate.
Answered on Feb 4, 2020
Dr. Paul Rousseau
Specializes in Palliative Care
Very similar: Palliative care is managing symptoms, physical and emotional, for people with chronic or life-threatening diseases (including people in hospice). This type of care can occur for days, months, or even years. Hospice is for people who have a very limited life expectancy, usually 6 months or less if the disease runs it's normal course. Palliative care is a part of hospice.
Answered on Nov 11, 2015
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Dr. Gutti Rao answered
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Hospice/ palliative : Hospice essentially treats or supports patients who are terminally ill. Whereas palliative care caters to patients who may not be terminally ill.

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