Palliative Care Helps Parkinson's Patients
A small study has found that adding palliative care -- treatment focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness -- to standard care can help raise patients' quality of life.
In a 210-person trial, half of patients with Parkinson's disease, a progressive neuromuscular disorder, received their standard medical care but were also treated by a team that included a social worker, nurse, chaplain and palliative care specialist. All of them visited patients at home or via telemedicine to discuss symptoms and difficult emotions, and offer support to caregivers.
This group subsequently showed more improvement in quality of life scores, as did their caregivers in similar surveys. Researchers suggested future studies will examine how different kinds of palliative care compare.
Get Me That, Stat!
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2018, 1 in 7 (14%) persons surveyed said they had trouble paying medical bills. That's actually an improvement, the first dip since 2011 when nearly 20% of people had trouble covering their medical costs.
1 in 5: Ratio of Americans who are unpaid caregivers.
60: Percentage who are women.
45: Percentage who are age 45 and younger.