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Palliative care in dermatology: A clinical primer, review of the literature, and needs assessment

  • Leah L. Thompson
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    Department of Dermatology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

    Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

    Department of Dermatology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

    Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Boston, Massachusetts
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  • Steven T. Chen
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    Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

    Department of Dermatology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

    Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Boston, Massachusetts
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  • Andrew Lawton
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    Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

    Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts
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  • Alexandra Charrow
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    Reprint requests: Alexandra Charrow, MD, Department of Dermatology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 221 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02139.
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    Department of Dermatology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

    Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
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Published:August 11, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2020.08.029
      Palliative care has been shown to improve quality of life, symptoms, and caregiver burden for a range of life-limiting diseases. Palliative care use among patients with severe dermatologic disease remains relatively unexplored, but the limited available data suggest significant unmet care needs and low rates of palliative care use. This review summarizes current palliative care patterns in dermatology, identifying areas for improvement and future investigation.

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      QOL (quality of life)
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