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Author: Michelle Mitchell, MS-IV
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Palliative care concepts have increasingly become integrated into care in the emergency department (ED). As the health of patients with advanced and end-stage disease continues to decline, they often present to the ED for symptom management and pain relief. Therefore, emergency medicine physicians should be knowledgeable about basic palliative care treatments, as well as some common myths surrounding palliative care.