For Health Care Professionals
Palliative care is the management of the physical, social, and spiritual needs of patients for whom a cure is not possible. It is especially suited to people with progressive, life-limiting illnesses.
- Affirms life and views dying as a natural process that is a profoundly personal experience for the patient and his or her family.
- Guides the patient and family as they face disease progression.
- Helps those who wish to address issues of life completion and life closure.
The Supportive and Palliative Care Program is a multidisciplinary team dedicated to providing comprehensive and coordinated palliative care to patients and their families.
The team consists of a physician, advanced practice provider, pharmacist, and psychologist, all with expertise in palliative care. The team also acts as a liaison with social workers, chaplains from all faiths, and dietitians.
The team can assist with issues such as:
- Management of symptoms, including pain, nausea, shortness of breath, and delirium.
- Negotiating the goal of treatment and end-of-life decision making.
- Psychological or spiritual counseling for patient and family.
- Discharge planning and interface with hospices.
- Bereavement services.
The Supportive and Palliative Care program supports the attending physician and other health care providers. It does not replace the patient’s established health care team.
» Learn more about the Palliative Care and Medical Ethics staff.