Palliative care linked to better, if not longer, life

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – – Palliative care may offer a better quality of life to chronically sick or terminally ill patients even if it doesn’t help them live longer, a research review suggests. Research to date on the impact of palliative care has produced mixed results. Some studies have shown a survival benefit but findings have often been muddled by the possibility that there are differences between patients who choose palliative care and those who opt for other types of treatment.
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