Definition palliative care pronounced pal lee uh tiv is specialized medical care for people with a serious illness this type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. While palliative care can be administered in the home it is most common to receive palliative care in an institution such as a hospital extended care facility or nursing home that is associated with a palliative care team. Continued currently there are more than 1400 hospital palliative care programs in the us according to meier about 80 of large us hospitals with more than 300 beds have a palliative care . The team is made of palliative care specialist doctors and nurses and includes others such as social workers nutritionists and chaplains palliative care can be provided in hospitals nursing homes outpatient palliative care clinics and certain other specialized clinics or at home
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