Palliative care awareness – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters, I’m Joe Balintfy. Palliative care is special treatment designed to prevent and ease suffering and improve quality of life. Dr. Patricia Grady at the NIH explains it does not replace primary treatments that are meant to cure serious illnesses.
Grady: Palliative care is best received any time a person is experiencing an illness or a set of symptoms that causes them discomfort for a period of time.
Narrator: She adds when palliative care is available, the symptoms of pain or distress are usually reduced so patients are better able to participate in treatment decisions. For details on palliative care, and to get a free brochure, visit www.ninr.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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