Palliative Care for the Seriously Ill

N Engl J Med. 2015 Aug 20;373(8):747-55. doi: 10.1056/NEJMra1404684.


Palliative care is the interdisciplinary specialty focused on improving quality of life for persons with serious illness and their families. Over the past decade, the field has undergone substantial growth and change, including an expanded evidence base, new care-delivery models, innovative payment mechanisms, and increasing public and professional awareness.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Critical Illness / psychology
  • Critical Illness / therapy*
  • Hospice Care
  • Humans
  • Long-Term Care
  • Palliative Care* / standards
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Spirituality
  • United States