What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is comprehensive, interdisciplinary care for patients living with serious, potentially life-threatening or life-limiting conditions, with the goal of improving quality of life for both the patient and the family.
This approach to care prevents and relieves suffering through the early identification, assessment, and treatment of pain and other problems, whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual. Palliative care is delivered based on needs, not prognosis. It is appropriate at any age or any state of an illness and can be delivered along with curative treatment.
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Is palliative care right for me or a loved one?
You never know when a serious, potentially life-limiting condition could happen. So start by asking your doctor about palliative care and if it may be right for you and your situation. Continue to read more common questions.
Tools for Patients, Families and Caregivers
You can find the following tools which can help you determine if palliative care is right for you or a loved one, find palliative care providers in your area, or find resources for caregivers and family members.
I am a health care provider. Help me succeed in delivering palliative care.
- Our website is just one of many that can help you help increase your understanding of palliative care. Be sure to check out the websites of our partnering organizations.
- Connect with current state and federal resources.
- Meet the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Council.