Good communication is a large part of palliative care. Your
palliative care providers will encourage you to listen to your feelings and to
talk about what is most important to you. They will also try to explain things
to you and your loved ones in ways you can understand. Then they will work with
your primary care doctor to make sure that your care is meeting your goals,
such as managing disturbing symptoms or making future plans.
You may talk about anything and everything during a palliative
care visit, including:
Pain and medicine side
Emotional and social challenges, such as helping your
family get along better.
Advance directives. Advance directives are instructions to your doctor and loved
ones about what kind of care you want if you become unable to speak for