When is it time for palliative care?

As the diagram above illustrates many aspects of palliative care are applicable early in the course of illness in conjunction with active curative treatment and the earlier patients and families are introduced to the idea, the smoother the transition will be.  The choice of when to move completely to palliative care is a very individual one and depends on many factors but is always best accomplished in consultation with the entire medical team and family.

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