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J Palliat Med. 2014 Nov;17(11):1271-7. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2013.0167.

Integration of palliative care in end-stage liver disease and liver transplantation.

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1 Department of Hematology/Oncology, Providence Regional Cancer Center , Lacey, Washington.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Patients with end-stage liver disease (ESLD) have a life-limiting illness that causes multiple distressing symptoms and negatively affects quality of life (QOL). This population traditionally has not had much attention within the palliative care community.

DISCUSSION:

This article provides an evidence-based review of palliative care issues that patients with ESLD and those awaiting liver transplant face, including approaches to prognosis, symptom management, advance care planning, and end-of-life care.

CONCLUSION:

Tremendous opportunity exists to integrate palliative medicine into the care of these patients.

PMID:
25390468
PMCID:
PMC4229716
DOI:
10.1089/jpm.2013.0167
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