The Difference Between Palliative Care and End of Life Care: More than Semantics

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      Stephen D. Krau, PhD, RN, CNE, Consulting Editor
      Standards of end-of-life care and palliative care have been mutable over the last few decades. This is partially due to a lack of understanding about the differences between end-of-life care and palliative care. The differences are very explicit and important as decisions and plans are made for patients and their significant others. The concepts are similar but not the same.
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