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Palliative care raises quality of life, but doesn't extend it

from HealthDay News

Palliative care can ease the burden that a serious illness places on both a patient and loved ones, but there's no evidence that it can extend the life of a sick person, a review of the available evidence has concluded. People who receive palliative care have better quality of life and fewer symptoms than people who don't receive such care, said study lead author Dio Kavalieratos, an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine's Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics. But there's no evidence that palliative care has any impact on how long a patient will live, Kavalieratos added. more

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