National Institutes of Health
- The primary NIH organization for research on Hospice Care is the National Cancer Institute
Hospice care is end-of-life care provided by health professionals and volunteers. They give medical, psychological and spiritual support. The goal of the care is to help people who are dying have peace, comfort and dignity. The caregivers try to control pain and other symptoms so a person can remain as alert and comfortable as possible. Hospice programs also provide services to support a patient's family.
Usually, a hospice patient is expected to live 6 months or less. Hospice care can take place
NIH: National Cancer Institute
References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)