ABCNews.com - “Nelson Mandela's Illness Puts Spotlight on Palliative Care”

New York, NY
 – July 16, 2013  –– 

Ailing human rights icon Nelson Mandela's ill health and repeated hospital stays have put the spotlight on palliative care, a growing branch of medicine that provides seriously ill patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and the stress of sickness. "Mandela is clearly an important public figure and his high-profile case helps raise awareness of palliative care," said Sean Morrison, MD, director of palliative care at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. Palliative care specialists, including doctors, nurses, social workers and other health care providers, work together to improve quality of life for patients and their families, Dr. Morrison said. Most palliative care physicians are internists or practice family medicine with an additional subspecialty and board certification in palliative medicine.
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