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Hospice And Palliative Care Continues To Evolve


Listen to part two of Steve Kraske's conversation about changing attitudes towards end-of-life care.

Attitudes about hospice and palliative care have changed dramatically over the last 40 years, and the number of patients who receive this type of treatment has expanded. Two longtime leaders in the field, though, acknowledge that more work is needed to ease the pain and suffering of the most ailing patients.


  • Elaine McIntosh is president and CEO of Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care. She will remain in her role until a successor is named.
  • Dr. Ann Allegre has recently retired from her position as director of medical programs for Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care.
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.