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The Ledger: Polk Clinic Has Patients Seeing Palliative Care in a New Light

Palliative care can start at a hospital but doesn’t need to end there. An outpatient program is instrumental to continuing this care for those patients not currently hospitalized.


Palliative care patients typically have a chronic condition that’s likely progressive and affects their quality of life. Having multiple health issues and being on medicines prescribed by more than one doctor is common. Palliative care provides an extra layer of support for both patients and their families, the primary care doctors and specialists.

Patients on palliative care can get symptom management while continuing aggressive treatments, which can occur in a hospital setting but also within an outpatient clinic such as Chapters Health Palliative Care’s in Bartow.

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