Keith M. Swetz, MD, MA; Arif H. Kamal, MD, MBA, MHS
CME Objective: To review current evidence for managing common symptoms, communication, psychosocial, ethical issues, patient education, and practice improvement of palliative care.
Funding Source: American College of Physicians.
Disclosures: Dr. Swetz, ACP Contributing Author, reports personal fees from Sage Publishing outside the submitted work. Dr. Kamal, ACP Contributing Author, has nothing to disclose. Disclosures can also be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M17-2629.
Editors' Disclosures: Christine Laine, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief, reports that she has no financial relationships or interests to disclose. Darren B. Taichman, MD, PhD, Executive Deputy Editor, reports that he has no financial relationships or interests to disclose. Cynthia D. Mulrow, MD, MSc, Senior Deputy Editor, reports that she has no relationships or interests to disclose. Deborah Cotton, MD, MPH, Deputy Editor, reports that she has no financial relationships or interest to disclose. Jaya K. Rao, MD, MHS, Deputy Editor, reports that she has stock holdings/options in Eli Lilly and Pfizer. Sankey V. Williams, MD, Deputy Editor, reports that he has no financial relationships or interests to disclose. Catharine B. Stack, PhD, MS, Deputy Editor for Statistics, reports that she has stock holdings in Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.
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Palliative care prioritizes symptom management and quality of life throughout the course of serious illness. Regardless of whether care is inpatient or outpatient, primary or subspecialty, a solid understanding of the basics of effective communication, symptom management, and end-of-life care is crucial. This article reviews these essentials and provides an overview of current evidence to support patient-centered palliative care.
Swetz KM, Kamal AH. Palliative Care. Ann Intern Med. ;168:ITC33–ITC48. doi: 10.7326/AITC201803060
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2018;168(5):ITC33-ITC48.
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