Nancy Henne Batchelor, MSN RN CNS, is an assistant professor of clinical nursing at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH.
Palliative or Hospice Care? Understanding the Similarities and Differences
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
2010 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 35, Issue 2, pages 60–64, March-April 2010
How to Cite
Batchelor, N. H. (2010), Palliative or Hospice Care? Understanding the Similarities and Differences. Rehabilitation Nursing, 35: 60–64. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2010.tb00032.x
- Issue published online: 27 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
- hospice care;
- nursing role;
- palliative care
With advances in health care and medical technology, the focus of medical care has been on curing. As people live longer, the possibility of experiencing chronic and life-limiting disease not only increases but also spurs the ethical question “Is length of life or quality of life most important?” Palliative care may be confused with hospice care, as both focus on symptom management and improved quality of life for those with chronic life-limiting disease. A better understanding of each healthcare option is needed for appropriate and timely patient referral. The purpose of this article is to identify the similarities and differences between these two options, clarify when referral is appropriate for hospice or palliative care services, and discuss the nurse's role in caring for patients with chronic disease.