Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with 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.
It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment.
Source: Center to Advance Palliative Care
Are you or a loved one facing a serious illness? Palliative care can help you carry on with your daily life and improve your ability to go through medical treatments. Palliative care is provided by a team of caring specialists that can include palliative care doctors and nurses who will help you better understand your condition and your choices for medical care. In short, you can expect the best possible quality of life.
SOURCE:Center to Advance Palliative Care
Pediatric palliative care is an approach to care that strives to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Care focuses on the prevention and relief of suffering through early identification, attentive assessment, and compassionate treatment of pain and other symptoms. The palliative care team partners with patients, families and the primary medical team to develop a collaborative plan of care to help meet the goals and needs of each child and family.
SOURCE:UNMC Pediatric Palliative Care
Palliative care can be delivered by health care professionals who are palliative care specialists, such as physicians who are board certified in this specialty; palliative-certified nurses; and palliative care-certified social workers, pharmacists, and chaplains. Health care professionals who are not palliative care specialists, such as primary care clinicians; physicians who are disease-oriented specialists (such as oncologists and cardiologists); and nurses, social workers, pharmacists, chaplains, can also deliver care but are not certified in palliative care. SOURCE:
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