Best Practices in Caring for Seriously Ill Patients

Annals in the Clinic

Palliative care (PC) is the art and science of providing goal-concordant care, skillfully managing complex and refractory pain and nonpain symptoms, mitigating suffering, and augmenting quality of life for seriously ill patients throughout the course of the illness trajectory. The primary team should provide generalist PC for all seriously ill patients and know when to refer patients to specialist PC. Specialty-level PC services should be reserved for complex problems beyond the scope of primary PC. This article reviews principles and best practices to support patient-centered PC.


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Annals in the Clinic

Annals In the Clinic is a monthly feature in Annals of Internal Medicine introduced in January 2007 that focuses on practical management of patients with common clinical conditions. It offers evidence-based answers to frequently asked questions about screening, prevention, diagnosis, therapy, and patient education and provides physicians with tools to improve the quality of care.