What Does a Palliative Doctor Do?
As doctors specializing in palliative medicine, we provide care and support as you and your loved ones face the many challenges of living with a serious illness. While your other doctors focus on your general health or treating your disease or condition, we concentrate on preventing and alleviating suffering and improving your quality of life.
Compassionate palliative care succeeds when there is a team approach. The team usually includes the palliative doctor, nurses and other professionals. Working closely with the palliative team we:
All of this requires regular, open communication with you, your loved ones and your doctors. The ultimate goal is to ensure that you and your loved ones know what care and support are available to you and to help you get it as you live with a difficult illness. If a cure isn’t possible, the team can help you achieve quality time through a hospice program, whether in your own home, at a hospice facility or in a hospital.
Patients and their loved ones who have worked with a palliative care team say it has made a real and positive difference in their health care and their lives. Learn more about what hospice and palliative patients and their loved ones have to say.