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"Advocates Push For More Access To Palliative Care In Pennsylvania"

  • NewsWorks
  • New York, NY
  • (August 31, 2011)

The number of palliative care teams in hospitals around the country has nearly tripled in the past decade. Dr. Diane Meier, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, said though palliative care teams are much more widespread, that does not mean every patient who could benefit from the care gets it. "Many of today's physicians and nurses trained in an era when there was no such thing as palliative care," Dr. Meier said. "They don't know what it is, and they tend not to refer. And this is why it is so critically important for the public to know what palliative care is and to demand it from their physicians." Learn More

- Dr. Diane Meier, Professor, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care, The Mount Sinai Medical Center