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Referring patients to hospice or palliative care

Broglio, Kathleen DNP, ANP-BC, ACHPN, CPE, FPCN; Walsh, Anne ANP-BC, CWOCN, ACHPN

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000511008.14090.1d
Feature: END-OF-LIFE CARE: DNP SPECIAL ISSUE

Abstract: NPs care for patients with chronic diseases such as heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cancer, and dementia. As the disease progresses or patients age, disease-related symptoms may become increasingly burdensome, and these patients may benefit from hospice or palliative care. NPs can guide individuals in this process to optimize care and support at the end of life.

As chronic disease progresses or patients age, disease-related symptoms may become burdensome, and patients may benefit from hospice or palliative care. NPs can guide patients to optimize care and support at the end of life.

Kathleen Broglio is an NP in the section of palliative care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, N.H.

Anne Walsh is an NP at Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice and Palliative Care, New York, N.Y.

The authors have disclosed that they have no financial relationships related to this article.

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