ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A new University of Georgia study shows that Georgia hospitals lag the nation in offering palliative care.
Nationally, about 60 percent of hospitals with 50 beds or more offer the special type of medical care that focuses on the pain, symptoms and stress of advanced illnesses. But in Georgia, UGA researchers found that just 17 percent of hospitals offered such programs in 2010.
And UGA researchers found that about half of the 128 Georgia hospitals contacted didn't know what palliative care is.
Palliative care has only been a formal medical subspecialty since 2006. The study found the practice has expanded rapidly across the country since 2000.
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