What is Palliative Care?
Palliative Care is the provision of care for the patient with life-limiting illness with the emphasis on physical, psycho-social, emotional and spiritual needs. Palliative care programs excel at integrating vigorous pain and symptom management whether life prolonging or curative treatment is being provided or being withheld or withdrawn. The goal is to improve quality of life for the patient and their loved ones.
Palliative Care is an interdisciplinary team approach to care. The core team includes; medical director, advanced practice nurse, primary care nurse, social worker, pharmacist, registered dietitian and chaplain. Working together with the primary MD or hospitalist the palliative care team provides expert pain and symptom management, guidance with difficult and complex treatment choices, emotional and spiritual support for the patient and their loved ones.
Know Your Choices: A Guide for Patients with Serious Advancing Illness
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