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Chronic Disease Day

Chronic Disease Day: A Hospice Care Perspective for Medical Professionals

Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States, accounting for 7 out of 10 deaths each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [1]. As medical professionals on the front lines of patient care, recognizing the evolving needs of chronically ill patients is crucial. National Chronic Disease Day, observed annually on July 10th, serves as an opportune moment to raise awareness about the role of hospice care in supporting these patients and their families.

Hospice Care: A Misunderstood but Vital Service

Hospice care is often misconstrued as solely for end-of-life situations. However, it offers a comprehensive approach to symptom management, pain relief, and emotional support for patients with a prognosis of six months or less to live, as determined by a physician [2]. This care can be delivered wherever the patient calls home – a residence, a nursing facility, or an assisted living center – ensuring comfort and dignity throughout their journey.

Addressing the Needs of Chronically Ill Patients

For chronically ill patients, hospice care can be a valuable resource far ahead of their final six months. Early integration of hospice services can significantly improve their quality of life. Studies have shown that hospice care patients experience better pain control, fewer hospitalizations, and increased satisfaction with their care compared to those who receive traditional care alone [3, 4].

Targeted Support for Medical Professionals

We understand that navigating the complexities of chronic disease management can be demanding for medical professionals. On National Chronic Disease Day, we want to assure you, as our referral source, that we are here to partner with you in supporting your patients with chronic illnesses. We can offer:

  • Consultation and education: Our team is happy to discuss a patient’s specific needs and how hospice care can complement their goals.
  • Symptom management expertise: We have specialists adept at managing pain, fatigue, and other symptoms that often accompany chronic diseases.
  • Psychosocial support: Hospice care provides emotional and spiritual support for both patients and their families, navigating the challenges that arise with chronic illness.

Remember, a referral to hospice is not a surrender; it’s an affirmation of life. By working together, we can ensure that chronically ill patients receive the comprehensive care they deserve throughout their journey.


[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020, October 21). Chronic diseases. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved May 28, 2024, from https://www.cdc.gov/chronic-disease/index.html [2] National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. (2022). Hospice FAQ. Retrieved May 28, 2024, from https://www.nhpco.org/hospice-care-overview/ [3] Wright, K. M., McCarthy, E. P., Rodgers, K. M., Hover, B. T., & Morrison, R. S. (2010). The effect of hospice care on pain and symptom management in patients with advanced chronic illness. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58(3), 532-538. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3505611/ [4] Zimmermann, C., Knaus, W. A., McGann, A. H., & Lynn, J. (2005). Hospice and palliative care patients’ satisfaction with care. Journal of the American Medical Association, 294(11), 1406-1411. https://jamanetwork.com/collections/5819/end-of-life-hospice-palliative-care

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