Palliative Care Program

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life for patients and their families who face the problems associated with life-threatening illness. It focuses on prevention and relief of suffering through early identification, assessment and treatment of pain and other problems which can be physical, psychosocial and spiritual. 

Palliative care is not hospice, learn more about the differences. This goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and family.

A specially trained team of providers including physicians, nurses, social workers, spiritual counselors, dietitians, therapists and pharmacists, as well as family members or any caregivers work together to provide support. Palliative care is delivered based on needs, not the likely course of a disease. Palliative care can last many years and it is appropriate to patients at any age and can be received the same time as all other treatments for your condition. 

Still curious, download these documents for more information.

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.

We also offer the following tools organized for patients, families and caregivers in Kansas. 

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.