Friday, March 29, 2024

Comparing End-of-Life Care Options

Feature Hospice Care Palliative Care Conventional Care
Focus Comfort, quality of life Relief of symptoms, alongside curative treatment Curative treatment, life extension
Typical Prognosis* 6 months or less Any stage of serious illness Any stage of illness
Goals Managing symptoms, emotional & spiritual support, end-of-life care Improving quality of life, alongside disease management Disease cure or slowing progression
Location of Care Home, hospice facility, hospital, nursing home Hospital, outpatient clinics, home, nursing home Hospital, clinics, home
Team Interdisciplinary team (doctor, nurse, social worker, etc.) Doctor, nurse, specialists, as needed (may include social workers) Doctors, nurses, specialists