The Hidden Power Of Palliative Care

Susan is 98 years old. She’s been diagnosed with hypertension and memory loss. She experiences frequent pain spells and, like many people her age, she’s at risk of falling, especially when she becomes tired. Five years ago, Susan fell, fractured her pelvis and spent an unhappy month in a skilled nursing facility. Physicians like myself often see patients like Susan in hospitals across the country. Typically, we treat them and send them on their way. And just as typically, patients like Susan often reappear in the hospital, either with new ailments or when the old ones show up again.

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