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J Palliat Med. 2014 Apr;17(4):463-8. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2013.0254. Epub 2014 Feb 28.

Helping patients with serious illness live well through the promotion of adaptive coping: a report from the improving outpatient palliative care (IPAL-OP) initiative.

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1 Department of Palliative Care, Massachusets General Hospital , Boston, Massachusetts.


Continuity outpatient palliative care practice is characterized by long relationships between patients, families, and palliative care clinicians and by periods of relative stability when the disease and resultant symptoms are less active. Compared to inpatient palliative care, outpatient practice requires a greater focus on encouraging healthy coping and on helping patients to live well with serious illness. This paper discusses the opportunities to promote adaptive coping in the delivery of outpatient palliative care.

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