Early integrated palliative care to improve family caregivers outcomes

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Published: 6 Jun 2016
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Dr Areej El-Jawahri - Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA

Dr El-Jawahri speaks with ecancertv at ASCO 2016 about integrated palliative care (PC), for the benefit of patients and their families.

She found that, among 350 newly diagnosed patients with incurable lung and gastrointestinal cancers and their family caregivers (FC), FC of patients receiving early PC reported higher vitality and social functioning, and lower depression symptoms compared to FC of patients assigned to usual care.

Based on these findings, Dr El-Jawahri advocates early incorporated palliative care become part of wider practice.