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QOD 66: Role of Palliative Care (Oncology/Basic Care and Comfort)

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The family member of a patient with lung cancer has asked the nurse about palliative care for the patient. Which describes when palliative care is appropriate for a patient? Select all that apply.


A.  When the patient has a terminal condition

C.  When the patient seeks spiritual comfort in addition to physical comfort

E.  When the patient’s family also needs support


Palliative care describes comfort and symptom control for patients with significant illness. A patient may or may not have a terminal condition to receive palliative care. This type of care is holistic and includes the patient’s family when providing support.

Date Published - Apr 11, 2016
Date Modified - Jul 13, 2016