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Whole-person health care

Providers dispel palliative care myths

10:40 AM, Apr. 10, 2013
Lisa Paulson, a music therapist through Music Therapy Services of Central Wisconsin, plays a waltz and sings to Delmar Gillespie of Marshfield during his stay Monday in the Palliative Care Unit at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital.
Lisa Paulson, a music therapist through Music Therapy Services of Central Wisconsin, plays a waltz and sings to Delmar Gillespie of Marshfield during his stay Monday in the Palliative Care Unit at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital.
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The words "palliative care" can be frightening to patients with serious illnesses, but palliative care patients and their families often find the whole-person approach to health care improves, and in some cases prolongs, patients' lives, said Riverview Hospital palliative care coordinator Kay Shawbitz.

Shawbitz said palliative care often is confused with hospice, a home care service designed to help care for patients during their last six months of life.

"Hospice care is a palliative type of care, but palliative care can start at the time of diagnosis, even when the person is being ...

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