- Record only the type of palliative care at this facility.
- Surgical procedures, radiation therapy, or systemic therapy provided to prolong the patient's life by controlling symptoms, to alleviate pain, or to make the patient comfortable should be coded palliative care and as first course therapy if that procedure removes or modifies either primary or metastatic malignant tissue.
- Palliative care is not used to diagnose or stage the primary tumor.
This data item can be used to distinguish a treatment modality given for curative treatment from the same modality being used strictly for palliation. This item was added to FORDS in 2003.
If patients are admitted to a hospital for palliative care other than surgery, radiation or systemic treatment, the record often does not indicate the underlying reason for the procedure (for example, other forms of pain care). Therefore, when the initial care was elsewhere and the care was not one of these three modalities, it is unlikely the care will be reported in this data item.
This item identifies palliative care given at the reporting facility. The item Palliative Care identifies palliative care given by any facility.