Palliative Care vs. Hospice:

Palliative care:

  • Palliative care is the umbrella term for symptom and case management for those with a terminal diagnosis regardless of their prognosis. 

  • Care begins after diagnosis and during treatment. 

  • Palliative care provides active disease directed treatment and symptom management.


  • Hospice is specifically end of life care when the patient has less than 6 months to live.

  • It is the final stage of palliative care. 

  • The only goal of hospice is comfort care to make the patient as comfortable as possible in the final stages of life. 

Both emphasize comfort and the highest possible quality of life.