Michael Hoerger, PhD, on Early Palliative Care: Study Results

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Michael Hoerger, PhD, of Tulane University, discusses the effect on quality of life, depression, and end-of-life care when physicians focus on coping or on decision-making and advance care planning (Abstract 154).

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