Chapter 6: History of Hospice and Palliative Care in the Department of Veterans Affairs

James Hallenbeck provides an overview of the development of hospice and palliative care services within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Hallenbeck notes the innovative role of the VA in the provision of hospice and palliative care; such services began in 1978, which was relatively early. In fact, the VA was one of the earliest systems to embrace the term palliative care. Hallenbeck also describes important lessons that the VA learned in the provision of such services.

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