What is Palliative Medicine?
Palliative medicine is a holistic approach to care for people living with serious illness. It addresses the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of a patient. There is evergrowing evidence of the benefits of palliative care in improving the quality of life for both the patient and family.
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Addressing the Complexities of Modern Medicine
Advancements in medicine provide many people with hope, improved survival and better management of their disease. These advancements can also, at times, increase suffering related to symptoms and side effects, and leave patients feeling fragmented and overwhelmed with the choices they have regarding their healthcare.
By working with patients' primary care physician and specialists, a palliative care physician can help patients and their loved ones manage symptoms and guide them through complex medical decisions. The ultimate goal is to maximize quality of life as defined by the individual.
Providing Support In:
Management of symptoms relating to serious illness, including but not limited to:
Shortness of breath
Loss of appetite, nausea
Coordination of Care
Defining Goals of Care and Advance Care Planning