Referring a Patient and Family to High-Quality Palliative Care at the Close of Life


The following is a JAMA article abstract:
“Palliative care services are increasingly available to primary care physicians for both expert consultations and services to seriously ill patients. The United States now has more than 1400 hospital-based palliative care teams and more than 4700 hospice programs. We use an illustrative case of a palliative care hospitalization and intervention for a middle-aged man with severe pain from spinal metastases to discuss 4 key questions that a primary care physician faces in caring for the seriously ill patient with difficult symptom management.”


Journal of the American Medical Association


JAMA. 2009;301(6):651-659.

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Journal Article


Joan M. Teno, MD, MS; Stephen R. Connor, PhD

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