Dr. Harris says there is a big difference between physicians helping patients with end-of-life issues the best they can and being part of a “dedicated, interdisciplinary team.”
“Palliative care is a wonderful opportunity for hospitalists,” she says. “It’s already part of your practice. Why not do it in a more organized fashion?” TH
Larry Beresford is a freelance medical writer based in Oakland, Calif.
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