General Internal Medicine

Patient & Family Information

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. Doctors and nurse practitioners, along with colleagues in social work and chaplaincy, make up the palliative care team at the University of Utah Hospital and Clinics. Palliative care is holistic and interdisciplinary in its focus. A consultation from a palliative care specialist can assist you in dealing with the following:

  • Breathing problems
  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Exhaustion
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleeping problems
  • Spiritual and emotional support

It can also help with these additional needs:

  • Decision making
  • Managing your health care
  • Planning the future
  • Recommending financial resources
  • Supporting family members

*From Speak Up, The Joint Commission “What you need to know about your serious illness and PC.”