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Prim Care. 2001 Jun;28(2):427-40.

Hospice and palliative care programs.

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  • 1Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida 33612, USA.


Hospice and palliative care programs have grown rapidly in the United States over the last 25 years. Relief of suffering and maximization of quality of life including symptom control, psychosocial health, and spiritual care are the primary goals of hospice and palliative care. This article reviews the development, philosophy, and practice of hospice and palliative care, and describes barriers to and suggestions for integrating this approach into mainstream medicine.

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