Palliative care focuses on improving quality of life, and relieving suffering for patients with serious and chronic health conditions. It is a team-based approach that involves doctors, nurses, social workers, and other specialists to provide an extra layer of support alongside curative treatments. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a serious illness. H.R. 3119 would:
- establish workforce training programs to improve the training of health professionals in the medical subspecialty of palliative care, as well as core competencies
- establish a national awareness campaign to inform patients, families and health professionals about the benefits of palliative care
- direct NIH to expand research funding specific to palliative care.
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