General Internal Medicine
Palliative Care Services
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis.
The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurse practitioners, social workers, chaplains, and other specialists who work with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment. Services provided by the palliative care service include the following:
- Time for thorough communication in a family meeting setting
- Expert management of pain and other symptoms
- Help navigating the health care system
- Guidance with difficult and complex treatment decisions
- Emotional and spiritual support
It is often said that the palliative care procedure is the family meeting. In collaboration with the primary team, we are able to convene family meetings to discuss the patient’s condition, treatment options, and prognosis. One of our main objectives is to develop an open dialogue between patients, families and their caregivers, which identifies and communicates the patient’s achievable goals of care and assists to translate those goals into the specific treatment plan. Palliative care can have a significant impact even while curative or disease-controlling treatments are still in process.
Learn more: Patient and Family Information
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Phone: (801) 581-7822