An increasing body of evidence shows Palliative Care’s benefits in conjunction with usual care throughout the serious illness continuum. When included in patients’ care, studies show increased well-being, decreased aggressiveness of care at the end of life, and increased length of life. Some physicians confuse palliative care services with hospice services when in actuality, palliative care is appropriate for any stage of serious illness, including cancer, heart failure, disease of major organs, or dementia. Physicians may …View the lecture summary to read more