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Palliative and End-of-Life Care: Begin Here

Fordham library resources and additional information on various aspects of palliative and end-of-life care; Librarian Peter Patton, Editor.

Palliative and End-of-Life Care Research Guide

Welcome to the Palliative and End-of-Life Care Research Guide.


  • This guide will direct you to resources in palliative and end-of-life care at Fordham University Libraries.
  • Click on the tabs at the top to find books, articles, and links to web content.
  • Most of the Databases are indexes to articles in journals.
  • For initial research, try the online library catalog and/or encyclopedias.



Palliative Care

What is palliative care?

  • An interdisciplinary approach to care
  • Specializes in both physical and psychological symptoms
  • Provides relief of pain and other symptoms of serious illness
  • Assists with communication between patient, families, and medical staff
  • Is dedicated to improve the quality of life for people with critical or terminal illness or conditions that progress and are increasingly limiting
  • Is appropriate at any stage of the illness
  • Can be provided at the same time as treatment designed to cure
  • Provides a goal to allow the patient to live as fully and comfortably as possible
  • Allows patients to die with dignity
  • Does not seek to hasten or postpone the end of life
  • Offers a support system

From the site Palliative Care at NYU Langone Medical Center,

Palliatve Care & Hospice: What's the Difference?

Hospice Care

What is hospice care?

Quality, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury, hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to

  • expert medical care
  • pain management
  • emotional and spiritual support

It is expressly tailored to the patient's needs and wishes.

Source: National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Palliative and Hospice Care

Palliative Care


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Thank You To . . .

Cathy S. Berkman, PhD, ACSW; Associate Professor, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and Ravazzin Center, Fordham University, for her materials and guidance in creating this guide.  -Diane Batemarco

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