Dr. Blinderman on the Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice Care

Craig Blinderman, MD, MA, Attending Physician in Medicine & Anesthesiology New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Palliative Care (Medicine & Anesthesiology), Columbia University, discusses the confusion surrounding the term "palliative care."

Craig Blinderman, MD, MA, Attending Physician in Medicine & Anesthesiology New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Palliative Care (Medicine & Anesthesiology), Columbia University, discusses the confusion surrounding the term “palliative care.”

Blinderman says many patients and clinicians are confused about the term palliative care and associate it with hospice care. Palliative care is an integrative approach to care for patients with serious illnesses, like cancer. Palliative care provides an extra layer of support for the patient and their family while hospice care is for patients in the last stage of their life.

Supportive care and palliative care are also used interchangeably, but Blinderman says he doesn’t mind this because palliative care does supply support for the patient.

Nurses must educate patients and clinicians alike that palliative care is not the same as hospice care.