What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Palliative care is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is based on the needs of the patient, not on the patient’s prognosis. This care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness.
Palliative Care Improves Quality of Life and Lowers Symptom Burden. Palliative care specialists improve quality of life for the patients whose needs are most complex. The palliative care physician works in partnership with the primary physician, and with other specialists.