Introduction to Palliative Care

Palliative care provides an extra layer of support to patients and families living with serious or advanced illness. Palliative care providers tend to the physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs of patients and their loved ones. All hospice is considered palliative care, but all palliative care is not hospice. This presentation differentiates between the two, describes eligibility criteria for each, payment models, and services rendered. Data substantiating the impact of palliative care will be covered, as well as primary, secondary, and tertiary palliative care models.

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Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, MA, MDE, BCPS

Professor and Executive Director, Advanced Post-Graduate Education in Palliative Care
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Stevensville, Maryland

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