There is now a large body of research concluding that hospice care
, palliative care
, and advanced symptom management lengthens life by days to months, while simultaneously improving quality of life. The goal of hospice is neither to lengthen nor shorten life, but to make the most of the moments we have. People sometimes assume that not pursuing curative treatment means life will be shortened. This is wrong. What these people are forgetting is that to be eligible for hospice services, your doctor must certify that even with curative treatment, prognosis could be six months. In these cases, forgoing the rigors of hospital treatments and choosing rest and comfort can often add more life.